The motoring public found a louder voice than their collective groaning through various social media platforms in Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano as he so very eloquently laid the blame of vehicle license plates delay squarely on the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and its private contractor.

“Vehicle owners are penalized for not having license plates that the LTO and its private contractor failed to deliver on time. Plus car dealers cite the insufficient LTO manpower involved in the releasing of plates. Thus, even though plates have been made available, issuing it to vehicles has been a slow process,” said Cayetano.

Senator Cayetano is now asking the LTO for a 30-day suspension of Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2015-1927, which penalizes owners of brand new vehicles without license plates, even if they present the Official Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR) as proof of registration with the LTO.

This, according to the senator, will give time for the contractors to produce the plates, for the LTO to catch up with the backlog and for the dealers to claim the plates from the LTO, in effect freeing the motoring public from the burden of shouldering the fines brought about by the LTO and its’ contractors inefficiency.

"People should not bear the burden of government inefficiency,” added Cayetano.

In line with this, Senator Cayetano is filing a bill that will hold government agencies and their contractors liable and accountable for any delay in government agency’s actions that will cause any sort of inconvenience to the public.

“Let’s make sure government officials and private contractors are doing their job.  And when they don’t, they should be the ones penalized and not the public,” concluded Cayetano.