Another member of the House of Representatives has called out the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and its much-maligned ‘new vehicle plates’ policy.
After Congressman Castelo castigated the LTO late last month for the high cost of the Netherland-imported vehicle plates due to custom and tax duties, 1st District of Isabela Representative and member of the House Committee on Transportation Rodolfo T. Albano III addresses the controversial issue.
Citing the ‘stop payment’ order by the Commission on Audit brought about by alleged bidding and contract violations, Albano joins the call for the LTO to immediately stop the Php 3.8-billion new plates program and allow still unregistered vehicles to revert to the old process.
“This entire program is not only illegal and a financial mess but a logistical disaster resulting in delayed delivery of the new car plates by the ‘favored contractor’ who manufactures them abroad. For decades, the LTO has been able to provide locally manufactured car plates with sufficient security features and durable materials as evidenced by millions of still usable and serviceable car plates still in use today,” said Albano.
As bad as it is according to Albano, the worst part is that after complying with the new program, the delayed release of the plates cause further grief and difficulty for Filipino motorists.
“But the most serious disservice to millions of vehicle owners are delays in the release of the license plates which cause them to go back to the LTO after paying for car registrations to claim the new car plates,” added Albano.
The congressman also attacked statements by LTO Spokesperson Jason Salvador regarding the plates’ new features that make it at par with those of other countries.
“This is hogwash coming from the LTO swill. Why do we have to copy from other countries,” questioned Albano.
Albano also said that his office found out that the bar codes on the new plates are of no use since it does not contain any information about the vehicle and even if it did, the LTO and other concerned agencies have no bar code readers to get the information from the plates.