DOTC delays issuance of new license plates-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
MOTORISTS would have to wait a bit longer for the issuance of new license plates as the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is yet to set the date for their release, said a Land Transportation Office (LTO) official.
Marlita Pinque, senior transportation regulation officer for Cagayan de Oro District Office, said the DOTC has deferred indefinitely the scheduled release of new and redesigned license plates for motor vehicle and motorcycles under the P3.85-billion standardization program.
Pinque added that the LTO-Central Office has directed all its district offices to submit the new registration for the LTO plate standardization, in a bid to boost security measures for owners and riders.
LTO has started sending new applications for vehicle registration to Manila since September 2 for the issuance of new and redesigned licensed plates.
LTO regional director Hilarion Ulep announced last August that they would start distributing standardized plates for new registration in September.
But reports said the DOTC and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) are still resolving issues regarding the release of the funds for the project.
There is no timetable given for the release of the new license plates.
The five-year contract project was awarded to the joint venture of the Netherlands’ J. Knieriem B.V. Goes (JKG) and Power Plates Development Concepts Inc.
Ulep said the latest technologies adopted have multiple security features including a laser-etched bar codes containing selective data inputs which will allow data verification with the LTO, reflective sheeting material that will allow license plate visibility even from wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet for both daytime and night time, and anodized bolt head screws and nuts with serial numbers that will prevent tampering and removal of the license plates from the vehicle bodies once installed.
The new security features will promote safety and reliability in accordance with international standards, Ulep said.
“The new plates aim to prevent tampering, theft, and falsification of license plates, curb carjacking, colorum vehicles, and smuggling of cars,” he added.
The new license plates will feature alphanumeric design such as three-letter and four-number combination for motor vehicles and two-letter and five-number combination for motorcycles.
The current license plate design–three letters and three numbers for motor vehicles and two letters and four numbers for motorcycles–have been in use since 1981.
The license plates will come in a black-and-white design patterned after Singapore and parts of Europe.
All owners of motor vehicles and motorcycle units would have to purchase the standardized license plates during renewal of registration.
Once implemented, motor vehicle standard license plates would cost P450. Plates for motorcycles would cost P120 each.
LTO executive director Alfonso Tan said each pair of plates for the motor vehicles would cost P450 each. Plates for motorcycles would cost P120 each.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 01, 2013.