Don't be surprised if you see taxis plying Metro Manila with green (private vehicle) plates.

While the yellow 'for hire' plates for taxis are still being manufactured, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has temporarily authorized them to use the green plates that were initially issued to them.

This is according to LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador who said the agency has received feedback that the 10-digit motor vehicle file number is difficult to remember.

Some commuters have made it a habit to memorize a taxi’s plate number and send it to friends after there have been a few crimes committed against individuals riding a taxi.

"Operators won’t be apprehended for colorum operation only on the basis of the plates," he said. "They won't be fined for using private vehicles for as long as they carry certification from the LTO's PUV center and authorization to operate as PUV," said Salvador.

In accordance with Chapter II, Article III, Section 17 of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code (RA 4136), which states "the identification, numbers and letters of any motor vehicle number plate shall be permanently assigned to such motor vehicle during its lifetime," the LTO will be using the same alphanumeric combination that they currently have on the 'for hire' plate.