THE chief of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) yesterday said there are 15 million pending vehicle number plates from 2013 to 2018 nationwide, and the agency wants to solve this matter within the year.
In a press conference, Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said that last December 2017, he was able to convince the Department of Transportation to allocate P1 billion for the manufacture of at least 772,000 number plates.
Galvante visited Cebu yesterday to officiate the turnover of LTO 7 leadership from acting director Alita Pulga to the new director, Victor Emmanuel Caindec.
These 772,000 number plates are expected to be delivered by the winning bidder either by March or April 2018, he said.
He said that LTO will prioritize the distribution of number plates to motorists who registered their vehicles after July 1, 2016.
Galvante also said that the LTO has allocated P150 million that will be used to buy the machines used by the winning bidder once the contract for the 772,000 number plates will be completed.
He said that the LTO is preparing the building to house the machines within three months. He said that once the contract is completed and LTO personnel are trained in printing the number plates, it would be easy to produce these items.
In the past administration, Galvante said that a contractor manufactured at least 3.9 million vehicle number plates, but only 700,000 were delivered and about 400,000 of these were distributed to vehicle owners.
The remaining 300,000 number plates, which are now under the custody of the LTO, can’t be released to vehicle owners because of the temporary restraining order issued by the court after a complainant filed a case. (EOB)