THE Davao Region Land Transportation Office (LTO) targets to implement the "no plate, no travel" policy in the region this year.
LTO-Davao Regional Director lawyer Gomer Dy, during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao, said they can only implement the said policy after all the plates in the region will be claimed.
"Gusto namo mahurot na nang mga plaka dira para ma-declare na namo sa (We want all the plates to be claimed so that we can declare to the) DOTC (Department of Transportation central office) that we are now ready to implement the no plate no travel policy," Dy said.
"From June to December 2014, we noticed na mabagal kaayo ang pagkuha sa mga plaka (that the claiming of plates were very slow), we are still determining if it is the fault of the dealer or is it on the part of the owner of the motor vehicle to get the plate," he added.
Dy said that the more than 1,000 unclaimed plates will last until December 2016 and they are hoping to start distributing the plates this month for those who have registered last February 2014 until October 2014.
Macario Bong Gonzaga, LTO-Davao assistant regional director, said the policy was supposed to be implemented in November last year but was postponed due to the shortage of plates to be distributed.
Gonzaga said the plates set to be distributed before the implementation arrived on November 14.
"Nanghangyo mi na i-defer sa kay we have to stabilize the distribution of plates kay sala man nato na (We asked them to postpone it because we have to stabilize the distribution of plates because it was our fault then)," he said.
"Although, we have already announced nationwide that anytime we will be adopting the no plate no travel policy," he added.
They also said that the move is being done in order get rid of temporary plates that make identification of vehicles difficult when a vehicular accident transpires.
Meanwhile, Dy also said they are implementing the replacement of plates.
The new plates, according to him, have a white background, black lettering and are equipped with a barcode system to easily identify the specifications of the vehicle.
"By the time you renew your plate, it will automatically be replaced by paying P450, we will send an order to the central office and after 45 days the plate will be delivered and it can be attached to your vehicle and the plate number shall be the same," Dy said.
He said the DOTC targets to implement the said policy 45 days after January 31. (KGL)