The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has warned the public against paying online fixers for the application and/or renewal of driver’s licenses.
The LTO has received reports of unscrupulous individuals on social media who are offering to facilitate driver’s licenses application or renewal.
They agency has been conducting investigations to identify the said individuals as well as those who availed their services. The LTO is prepared to file appropriate criminal, civil, and administrative charges against them.
“The LTO strongly cautions our clients and the general public that the said services are not authorized, and patently illegal,” the LTO said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the LTO reiterates they temporarily suspended applications for and/or renewal of driver’s licenses, other permits, and registration of motor vehicles due to the enhanced community quarantine.
All expired license, permits, and registration of motor vehicles will remain valid. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Most road accidents reported were due to lack of discipline among motorists, according to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
As a solution, the LTO is planning to impose stricter measures in license application which is likely to take effect in March this year.
Under the new policy, new applicants will be required to attend a total of 15 hours of training or lecture before he or she can acquire a student license.
The new measure aims to ensure that the applicant has sufficient knowledge of road traffic regulations and road courtesy.
Should the driver wish to apply for a non-professional and professional license, he or she would need to take another series of training.
Meanwhile, those who wish to renew their license would have to undergo the agency’s driver enhancement program.
LTO Chief Edgar Galvante clarified, however, that the training will incur an additional fee.
The training fee will add value to the driver’s license and a way for holders to realize its importance.
The agency has not disclosed yet the amount of the training fee.
“Kasi kadalasan po kapag libre, mukhang hindi masyadong pinapansin (Sometimes when it’s free, it is most likely ignored),” Galvante said.
“Kaya somehow magko-contribute sila para bigyan naman nila ng halaga ang proseso na iyon (We will ask them to contribute so that somehow they would treasure the value of the process),” he added.
The LTO also mulls on changing the timing of license issuance.
Galvante said they would no longer allow holders of a student license to directly upgrade to a professional level but they will be required to apply for a non-professional license first.
They will only be allowed to apply for a professional license after one year upon the release of the non-professional license.
The official stressed that they do not intend to put the additional burden to the motorists.
“Gusto po nating i-emphasize na ang pagda-drive po ay pribelehiyo (We want to emphasize that driving is a privilege),” he said.
“Kung hindi po sila nakakatugon doon sa requirement, hindi po sila dapat bigyan ng lisensya (If they fail to deliver the requirements, they don’t deserve a license),” he added.
Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the translation of a driver’s examination into different dialects to make sure that applicants will be able to fully understand the process and the regulations regarding responsible driving.
“Ang pananaw naming, ang mga nag-e-exam ay hindi gamay ang English at Tagalog (Because we believe that not all applicants have mastery of the English and Tagalog languages),” Secretary Tugade concluded. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)
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