Office (LTO) holds plate replacement fees
MANDALUYONG CITY, Dec. 25 -- Due to the notice of disallowance issued by
the Commission on Audit (COA), the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will
temporarily stop collecting fees for replacement of old license plates.
This means, vehicle owners who have not yet paid for the new license plates
will not have to shell out P450 upon their renewal of registration.
“We are currently in the process of resolving the issue with the COA
regarding the Plate Standardization Program. We hope issues will be resolved
and COA lifts the disallowance so we can provide the public with plates for
improved road safety.” said Department of Transportation and Communications
(DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya.
The LTO assures that the new standardized plates will be issued to motorists
who have settled the payment as soon as the issue with COA is resolved.
The DOTC and the LTO rolled out the Plate Standardization Program in May
2014 for newly registered vehicles. In January this year, the LTO issued
Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2014-1895, mandating vehicle owners to replace
their old license plates with the new standardized plates.
The standardization program aims to curb illegal practices such as
tanggal-plaka or plate removal or switching which is prevalent in carnapping
and colorum public utility vehicles. It will also phase out the nine (9)
various designs of license plates. (DOTC)