The Land Transportation Office has just begun a coordinated distribution of the first batch of their backlog of plates today, July 5. The announcement by the LTO follows the previous notice that they have started shipping the plates to major regional offices nationwide.
The first batch of plates distributed at their regional offices covers new motor vehicles that were registered in July 2016. The LTO urges that vehicle owners who purchased and had their vehicles initially registered in July 2016 can claim their plates at the Authorized District Office (ADO) or through their respective dealers.
Since the agency had restarted production in April 2018 at their Plate Making Facility at their head office in East Avenue, Quezon City, the LTO says they have altogether produced 231,332 pairs of vehicle plates. According to the information released by the LTO, the 231,332 pairs of plates covers backlog up to the end of 2016.
Given the estimated 775,000 vehicle plate backlog since the current administration took over, that means the LTO has well over 540,000 pairs of plates to go. That estimate does not factor in new vehicles registered this 2018.
The LTO stressed that motorists who registered their vehicles before July 1, 2016 will not receive license plates as these are covered under a different contract from a different supplier. The said contract is still encountering problems with the Commission on Audit.
New motorcycle owners, however, will have to wait a bit longer. Lawmakers have yet to finish a bill for motorcycle-specific plate designs and specifications.