After members of the House of Congress formed a panel last week to merge bills on driver’s license validity, their counterpart in the Senate has done one better and assured is passing in the plenary.

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, declared that the three bills extending the driver’s license validity from three to five years – SBN 271, 941 and 1224 – is set to move up to the Senate plenary where their approval is guaranteed.

“…Referring it to the plenary is a foregone conclusion. And its approval, I can say with certainty, is a done deal,” said Poe.No opposition proposals were put forth during the hearing on the concerned bills and Poe’s committee is set to consolidate the three version into one bill that will be brought to the plenary for its impending approval.

Poe aims for the bill to be passed before the Senate adjourns and calls it “a long commonsensical idea which should have been done a long time ago”.

Seeing as the LTO has already begun implementing the new extended driver’s license validity, Poe stressed that the need to pass a law ensures that the measure will last through succeeding administrations.

“It is the right thing to do. It is an anti-red tape app that will not cost a cent to implement. It will save all the drivers in this land millions of man-hours otherwise spent in queuing to get the permit to operate a motor vehicle,” added Poe.