Still haven't registered your vehicle with plate number ending in 1? Well, we have some good news for you. You won't be fined for late registration just yet. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced that vehicles with plate numbers ending in “1” are still valid and can be renewed without additional charges until February 15, 2021.
The announcement was made on the LTO Official Facebook page. Apart from the post, the agency did not give any reason why the validity was extended. However, this isn't the first time the LTO made a similar move. The agency also extended the validity of several plate numbers due to the pandemic and the subsequent community quarantine implemented. At the time, the reason was to prevent overcrowding at LTO offices and emission testing centers.
Aside from the still on-going pandemic, vehicles will also have to undergo the new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) this year via Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (MVIC). Only when they pass will they be allowed to have their registrations renewed. If not, they'll have to fix everything that needs to be, well, fixed and take a re-test. However, that's not the case for everyone. Vehicle owners that live in areas without MVICs will only have to take an emissions test for now.
Whatever the LTO's reason is for the extension, having the registration and renewal validity extended is good news for car owners all over the country. Hopefully, the agency does the same for succeeding plate numbers as well. With the virus still around, the last thing people want to do is to crowd LTO offices at the end of the month to renew their vehicle's registration.
Still, don't wait until the last minute to have your vehicle's registration renewed. If you have time, better do it before the deadline.