Several weeks ago, we released a story regarding the importance of LTO driver's license restrictions which shows what you can and cannot drive. If you have 1 listed on the back of your license, it means you can drive a motorcycle. If you have 2, you can drive most anything with four wheels. If you have both 1 and 2, then it means you can drive either, so on and so forth.
Now, it looks like the Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently revised the system of driver's license (DL) restriction codes. Actually, they overhauled it completely.
Sent to us by a subscriber who recently renewed their driver's license in CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region), the license restriction system has been tossed out in favor of "DL codes". Essentially it's the same thing but is a bit more specific on what vehicles a license holder can and can't drive.
Let's go over the differences. In the older restriction system, a license with restriction number 1 can drive either a motorcycle or a tricycle. Under the new DL codes system, motorcycles are classified as A while tricycles are classified A1.
Previously, a restriction code of 2 will allow a driver to operate most passenger vehicles, but the new counterpart has been altered somewhat. Instead of a 4500-kilogram gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit, the new B and B1 DL codes upgrade it to 5000 kilograms GVW. There is also a distinction between B and B1: the former has a limit of up to 8 seats (covering most SUVs which generally have 7, some have 8) while the latter is for 9 or more seats, meaning it's the one required for shuttle van, UV Express, and PUV drivers.
If the vehicle you're driving is carrying goods, then your driver's license needs to have the DL code B2 (less than or equal to 3500 kg GVW) and/or C (more than 3500 kg GVW). Those that drive buses that weigh over 5000 kilos GVW and have more than 9 seats are restricted to D. As for trailer trucks and articulated vehicles, they are now classified under 'BE' and 'CE' accordingly.
As for the specialized conditions, the LTO appeared to have made some adjustments to the list by combining several of them. Before, driving a vehicle with special equipment for upper and lower limbs were listed separately. The LTO has now combined the two and added a new condition wherein the driver can only operate a customized vehicle; as to what their definition of "customized" could be is anyone's guess given that they've already classified vehicles requiring devices for amputees or PWDs under condition 2.
Conditions numbers 1, 4, and 5 remain the same.
We've confirmed this with LTO Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz, who said they were going to issue a memorandum on this, however, the COVID-19 Luzon lockdown may have momentarily delayed this as well as suspended LTO licensing and partial office operations.
With the updated list of DL codes and conditions, it looks like the LTO wants to strictly categorize what driver's license holders can drive. Combined with the LTO's plan to require seminars for new applicants/existing license holders, the government agency wants a more stringent process to those that wish to acquire a license to both professional and non-professional drivers.