Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Alfonso Tan Jr. recently clarified that they have never imposed a 'no plate, no travel policy'.
Tan made it clear yesterday during a joint Senate hearing of the Blue Ribbon Committee and the Public Services Committee that inquired around the alleged 'inefficient regulations, inconveniences and harassment' that the government agency has foisted upon the public.
Senator Joseph Victor 'JV' Ejercito wanted to clarify the LTO's policy as it created confusion among motorists. At the same time, there were also individuals who were taking advantage of the PhP 5,000 fine on those that would be caught driving an automobile without license plates.
“We have never said no plate no travel, it has always been no registration no travel,” Tan said.
Tan also stated that if the vehicle is duly registered and has the proper papers, the LTO cannot fine the driver for using a registered automobile.
“Sa parte naman ng LTO, kung may OR-CR hindi namin kayo titiketan kaya ang tanong ko nga kung sino yung nanghuhuli kasi kung LTO ticket ang ginamit, meron ho silang five days to contest at kung nakita ho namin sa contest na may OR-CR, idi-dimiss ho namin yung apprehension,” Tan said.
(For the part of the LTO, drivers carrying the OR-CR cannot be ticketed and if if the LTO issued a violation against a driver, they have five days to contest whether they have the OR-CR, in which we will dismiss the apprehension.)