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

Marje Pelayo   •   February 25, 2020   •   502

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)

Tugade orders LTO to translate driver’s licensure exam in different languages

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 3, 2020

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has directed the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to translate the licensure examination in various languages.

Based on the Department Order 2020-003, issued on February 14, the DOTr wants the licensure examination to be available in English, Filipino or the language most common in the region.

“In the interest of justice and for the effective enforcement of land transportation laws, the DOTr recognizes the need to afford examinees the opportunity to fully comprehend the Driver’s License Examination,” the department order states.

According to Tugade, he had a dialogue with Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Joel Mayo Z. Almario who recommended the translation of the examination questions.

“The written examination for driver’s license should not be limited to two languages—English and Filipino. What if they will conduct the test in Visayas and in Mindanao, and those poor countrymen of mine cannot understand Tagalog and cannot fully understand English?” he said.

Meanwhile, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said the agency has formed teams to translate the exam into each of the major languages. 

“The translation will be checked by experts of the language to ensure that the terms are accurate and official,” he said.—AAC

Motorcycle rider runs over LTO enforcer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2020

A motorcycle rider was arrested in San Fernando, Pampanga for running over an Land Transportation Office (LTO) enforcer after trying to escape due to violation.

In a Facebook post, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran reported that witnesses saw LTO enforcer Cris Canlas and LTO Enforcer Jerome Pamintuan were apprehending motorcycle rider Robert Jocson for not wearing a helmet.

However, instead of stopping, Jocson tried to run over Canlas. Canlas was able to avoid Jocson, who then aimed for Pamintuan.

“Matapos banggain si Pamintuan, tumakas pa umano si Jocson ngunit bumangga naman sa isang truck, na naging dahilan kaya ito ay naabutan at nahuli ng mga pulis, (after aiming for Pamintuan, Jocson tried to escape but he collided into a truck and police officers were able to make an arrest)” according to Libiran’s post.

Based on further investigations, authorities found that Jocson also has an expired motorcycle registration and had no license. He also tried to provide false information regarding his true identity and address.

Jocson is now detained at the San Fernando Police Station while Pamintuan is confined at Mt. Carmel Hospital. Pamintuan sustained knee and head injuries. He is scheduled to undergo an operation on Monday (March 2).—AAC

‘Wag tularan! LTO summons jeepney driver playing mobile games while driving

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has summoned the jeepney driver in a viral video that showed the latter playing mobile games while driving.

According to the Facebook post of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the LTO has identified the said driver and will be summoned along with the operator of the said jeepney.

The DOTr advises motorists not to follow the jeepney driver’s actions and to abide by the provisions of Republic Act No. 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act.—AAC

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