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LTO holds Plate replacement fees

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – 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 P 450 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.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.