ANOTHER motorcycle dealership may be in hot water for failing to follow the three to five days mandated time in the release of registration for a purchased motorcycle.
Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO 7) Director Victor Caindec said he will immediately conduct an investigation on the motorcycle distributor in Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City as soon as he receives the official complaint.
Earlier, SunStar Cebu editor Tito Tan received an unregistered motorcycle from the dealer after buying the vehicle on Feb. 25, 2023.
Tan was told it would take two to three months to process the registration.
A month after the purchase, Tan did not receive any update from the distributor regarding the vehicle’s registration even after paying the motorcycle in full.
SunStar Cebu visited the distributor’s office on Friday morning, March 24, 2023, but the management refused to grant an interview.
Hours later on Friday afternoon, Tan received an update from the distributor that his vehicle registration can already be claimed. The release came 20 days after Tan’s purchase.
According to the LTO 7, motorcycle registration must be done in just three to five days, while registration for four-wheeled vehicles must be processed within seven to 11 days.
“The continued practice of motorcycle dealers in releasing unregistered units to clients pose a risk not just to the owners but also affect public safety and security, apart from being patently illegal,” Caindec told SunStar Cebu Friday, March 24.
Caindec cited Republic Act (RA) 11235, or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, explaining that proper registration of vehicles must be done within specific timelines.
He also cited RA 10883, or the New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016, which echoed the importance of vehicle registration within the alloted deadline.
Caindec said the LTO 7 has been persistent in apprehending violators and taking administrative and judicial actions against them.
In 2020, the agency slapped a P300,000 fine against a motorcycle distribution company in Cebu for violating regulations on accreditation and reporting of stocks.