Vehicle owners urged to avoid altering license plate

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


MOTOR vehicle license plates or third plate stickers must not be tampered.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC)-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) made clear all plates must not be defaced as mandated by Joint Administrative Order 01, series of 2014.

During its regular session, August 4, the City Council invited representatives from the DOTC-CAR to clarify issues about the implementation of the administrative order.

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Presiding officer Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda discussed complaints have been reaching her office with regard to the violation of proper attachment of motor vehicle license plates or third plate sticker.

The JAO stated, "This includes the attachment of any unauthorized plate/s or any accessory or device to and or around the authorized motor vehicle license plate."

"Any manner of attachment that impedes in any way the visibility or reflectivity of the authorized motor vehicle license plate and/or the third plate sticker," it added.

Tabanda asked the DOTC whether the provision applies only to new license plates or to both old and new plates.

Robert Pocais, chief of DOTC-Land Transportation Office Operations, explained the provision covers old and new license plates.

However, due to misinterpretations of the provision, Pocais disclosed the DOTC central office suspended its implementation second week of July.

"Someone in the central office said it covers only the new plates or to be issued plates while meron namang nagsabi na pati old plates," he said.

He stressed they are currently allowing covered plates provided it is visible and its reflectivity is not affected.

Aside from the issue on plates, Tabanda questioned the monetary penalties imposed by the JAO.

Pocais shared the penalties were already decreased compared on the first draft of the administrative order.

While the penalties are steep, he maintained drivers have nothing to worry about as long as they adhere to land transportation rules and regulations.

Pocais added the provision concerning the improper attachment or tampering of plates will be implemented as soon as the DOTC central office issues clearer guidelines.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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