Transport agencies: No increase of license plates price

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Friday, March 14, 2014


MANILA -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) said Friday that there is no change in the cost of the new license plates.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya said: “The new license plates will still cost the same: P450.00 for 4-wheeled vehicles and P 120.00 for motorcycles. These are the current prices already. So it’s not correct to say that they will cost more. New vehicle owners, meaning those who will register their vehicles for the first time beginning February 17 this year, will be charged the same rate as everyone else before.”

“The additional cost will be for owners of the current license plates, who will have to pay those amounts to get the new designs. But this is a one-time payment only. In exchange, we get many security features which will improve the safety of our families and loved ones,” he added.

Among the new security features are the tamper-proof bolts, which will permanently attach the license plates to the vehicle; the reflectorized sheeting to make them visible from afar and from any angle; and the third-plate sticker, which will display license plate numbers on windshields and cannot be torn off.

The security features will curb illegal and colorum operations like “tanggal plaka,” where license plates were transferred from one vehicle to another to carry out crimes such as carnapping, among others.

The DOTC and the LTO have also implemented a protocol for license plates issued to members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The license plates issued for senators and representatives will indicate which Congress or term they are serving in and how many years the license plate will cover.

The validity of protocol plates will expire simultaneously with the term of the public official, preventing the unauthorized extension of their use.

“We believe that public officials will appreciate these new features, since we should all lead by example,” Abaya said.

For public utility vehicles (PUVs), the license plates will indicate the region, where registration was made.

For public utility buses (PUBs), the license plates will bear a label of “city bus” or “provincial bus,” and their “third plate” sticker will reflect their authorized routes.

“These will help improve road discipline and safety. They will enable traffic enforcers to apprehend PUVs which violate their franchises. Legitimate PUV operators should welcome this, since colorum vehicles will be weeded out,” Abaya said. (PNA)

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