THE Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Central Visayas registered at least 950,000 vehicles in the region in 2018.
LTO-Central Visayas Director Vic Caindec said all owners of the brand-new motorcycles and vehicles received their registrations, except for those who bought vehicles from December 15 to December 31, 2018.
He said they processed the papers for 350,000 motorcycles and 600,000 vehicles (four wheels and bigger ones).
Motorists, he said, should blame dealers if their new motorcycles had no registration papers.
Caindec said they could not give license plates to motorcycle owners as the LTO stopped the issuance in 2015 because of a pending congressional investigation on the alleged anomaly in manufacturing license plates.
The LTO-Central Visayas chief also said some car dealers that lacked business papers often delayed the process of registering vehicles.
A dealer with no LTO-Central Visayas accreditation and business permit from the Cebu City Hall processed the registrations of motorcycles that it sold to motorists in Central Visayas in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) in Luzon.
Caindec said another dealer that had no funds for registration still sold 2,000 motorcycles last month.
“When a motorcycle owner complains, the agent tells him the LTO employee asked for a bribe. What bribe? They registered the motorcycles in a faraway place,” he said in Cebuano. (From PAC of Superbalita Cebu/KAL)