The Land Transportation Office (LTO) seems to be getting criticism from all fronts. After the House of Representatives called for a stop to the new license plates policy and even threatened to have the entire project rebidded, the agency now has to address issues that have cropped up online regarding the sub-standard quality of the new vehicle license plates.
Measuring 22 millimeters thicker than the old plates and made of aluminum substrate 1100, these new license plates meet international accepted standards according to LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador.
"Talagang mataas ang kalidad ng mga plaka natin ngayon. Ito ang plaka na ginagamit sa ibang bansa pero 'di natin dini-discount ang possiblity na nasisira rin siya," said Salvador.
One motorist complained how his new license plates bent as he waded through knee-high floods in Quezon City saying that the water bouncing back from the radiator was enough to bend the plates, which he says never happened to his old plates.
The LTO is offering to replace the motorist’s new plate at no cost if they find out, after an investigation, that the plates indeed were of poor quality.
With regards to the issue regarding the proprietary screws and also how the new license plates don't easily install in certain vehicles, the LTO concedes to these facts and are in the process of making certain concessions like allowing for the new plates to be bent in order to fit and also procuring a different set of bolt that will fit other vehicles.
"Pwede butasan, ang importante hindi naapektuhan o maco-compromise 'yung mga security features o 'yung mga importanteng features ng plate," Salvador said.