Intensified LTO inspection, trouble for some jeepney drivers

UNTV News   •   January 31, 2018   •   7142

MANILA, Philippines – The “Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok” campaign of the government does not end with just restricting the daily operation of public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Even the renewal of the registration of public utility vehicles and heavy trucks at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is just twice as hard and twice as strict.

Some jeepney drivers said that the intensified inspection now being conducted by the LTO is only causing them much trouble.

According to them, it is a big sacrifice to line up for inspection and not being able to earn for the day.


“Bagsak yung usok, 2.5. Kailangan ipapalinis yung ano, walang usok. Linis muna tapos balik dito,” said Genelito Leduna, a jeepney driver.

(Failed the emission test at 2.5. It has to be cleaned first then we’re coming back here.)

“Sa smoke lang po. Yung preno naman po walang problema,” said Abraham Cruz.

Some of the drivers whose vehicle did not pass the inspection will have to go back for another try after having their vehicles fixed.

“Kagabi, alas otso umalis na kami ng bahay dumating kami 9:30 hanggang ngayon wala kaming tulog, sakripisyo talaga,” said jeepney driver Neri Purigay.

(Last night we left home at 8 and got here at 9:30. We haven’t slept yet. It’s really a sacrifice.)

But according to Fernando Eligio, chief of LTO-NCR Law Enforcement Unit, the government is serious in its implementation of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign.

“Mas pinag-igting pa po natin yung ating operasyon kontra nga doon sa mga bulok na sasakyan o may bulok na piyesa ng sasakyan,” said Eligio.

(We have intensified our operations against dilapidated vehicles and motor parts.)

The chief added they are also conducting internal cleansing in their unit.

“Sa ngayon wala na po talaga yung magbibigay, maglalagay para lang po makalusot yung mga ganyang gawain,” said Eligio.

(This time there are no more incidents of red tapes and bribing to get away with corrupt practices.)

Due to the strict inspections conducted, along the line of the vehicles has occupied one lane of the three lanes of East Avenue in Quezon City and has reached the Elliptical Road.

The inspection and registration of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and heavy trucks with plate numbers ending with one are extended to Friday, February 2.

Vehicles that did not pass the inspection and still could not register on the said date, will be meted a penalty.

The inspection service of LTO in Quezon City and Pasay City operates from 5 am to 8 pm. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

LTO warns public against online fixers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

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

Driver’s licenses that expired during ECQ given 60-day grace period

Marje Pelayo   •   May 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended the validity of drivers license which expired in the duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

In an advisory, the LTO said drivers licenses that expired within the ECQ period will remain valid for 60 days or two months upon lifting of the lockdown. 

Also, the LTO has waived the penalties for late registration of vehicles and driver’s license that lapsed during the ECQ. 

Meanwhile, the LTO said all physical transactions related to the agency will be limited only to offices in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ). 

In an interview, LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said they will reduce the number of personnel at transaction counters.

Considering the bulk of transactions, the LTO is considering Saturday operations to accommodate more applicants.

Galvante said they will give priority to frontliners in the opening of the offices once the quarantine restrictions are lifted.

New policy on driver’s license application to be out in March – LTO

Marje Pelayo   •   February 25, 2020

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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