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SONA 2016: Duterte proposes instant plate availability, longer license validity

SONA 2016: Duterte proposes instant plate availability, longer license validity image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Autoindustriya.com | posted July 26, 2016 13:32

Faster issuing of government permits and licenses eyed by President Duterte

Still waiting for your new license plates to arrive? President Duterte plans to make the plates instantly available.

In his 2016 State of The Nation Address (SONA), he addressed the age-old issue of motorists that are still waiting for their new plates to arrive. To amend this, he proposed that the plates should already be available when one is buying a new car.

Apart from the plates, President Duterte also wants to extend the validity of driver's licenses to 5 years instead of the current 3-year validity.

“Processing time in issuing permits and licenses shall be reduced”, said President Duterte.

Currently, the Land Transportaion Office has backlogs in issuing new/replacement license plates, as well as driver's license cards. This has resulted in many motorists  left without plates and licenses which they have already previously paid for.