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

Marje Pelayo   •   February 25, 2020   •   959

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)

Traditional jeepney drivers na pumapasada nang walang QR code, huhulihin – LTO

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang mga kawani ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) na huhulihin nila ang traditional jeepney drivers na pumapasada nang walang naka-paskil na QR code.

Ang QR code ay patunay na kabilang ang isang jeepney unit sa mga pinayagan nang magbalik-operasyon sa gitna ng community quarantine.

Ibinibigay ito sa jeepney driver kung kasama sila sa listahan ng mga operator at driver na pinahintulutang magbalik-pasada. Makikita ang listahang ito sa website at social media account ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“Tini–check namin y’ong QR code na ‘yan ng LTFRB. Na-download na nila, so, ‘yan, naka-display na ngayon sa jeep. Plus y’ong protocol natin: social distancing, thermal, face mask,” ani Retired Col. Rolando Abelardo, ang team leader ng LTO mobile 102 Central Office.

Samantala, limang pampasaherong jeep ang hinuli sa operasyon ng Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) ngayong araw sa Malabon City dahil sa sirang gulong at tail light.

“Basta nag-comply lang siguro sila na makakuha ng QR code and then y’ong sasakyan naman hindi naman nila chineck,” ani Col. Rosenso Borja ng IACT Team Barracuda.

Kaya paalala ng mga otoridad sa mga tsuper ng jeep na tiyaking nasa maayos na kondisyon ang kanilang mga sasakyan bago bumiyahe upang makaiwas sa disgrasya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Pag-iisyu ng student driver’s permit, suspindido simula July 1 – LTO

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Pansamantalang ititigil ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) ang pag-iisyu ng student driver’s license simula sa Miyerkules, Hulyo 1.

Ayon kat LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, layon ng suspensyon na maisaayos ang bagong proseso sa pagkuha ng student driver’s permit na inaasahang ipatutupad sa buwan ng Agosto.

Sa bagong proseso, obligadong sumailalim ang aplikante sa 15-oras na theoretical lecture kung saan tatalakayin ang mga batas trapiko at polisiya sa pagmamaneho para sa ligtas na pagbiyahe sa kalsada.

Ang lecture ay maaaring isagawa sa tanggapan ng LTO o sa accredited driving schools na nakalista sa website ng ahensiya.

Wala pang inilalabas na detalye ang ahensiya kung magkano ang singil para sa lecture sessions.

Ayon sa LTO, muling bubuksan ang proseso sa aplikasyon ng student driver’s license kasabay ng pagpapatupad ng bagong sistema sa Agosto 3.

Muli namang nagpa-alala ang ahensiya sa publiko na huwag makipag-transaksiyon sa mga tinatawag na ‘fixers’ o sa mga hindi otorisadong indibidwal kaugnay ng pagkuha ng lisensiya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LTO Central Office suspends work after 12 employees test positive for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) suspended work at its Central Office and at the Quezon City Licensing Office on Wednesday (June 17) after 12 of its employees tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said they will conduct disinfection including further COVID-19 testing among its employees.

“The health and safety of our employees, as well as those of the public whom we are serving is important. We have suspended operations in order to make sure that the threat of spreading the coronavirus at our offices is contained,” he said.

Operations at the LTO Central Office and the Quezon City Licensing Office will be suspended until Friday (June 19) and will resume on Monday (June 22).

“Clients may renew their license or get their student permit online from LTO-NCR pilot sites in Eastwood Mall and Ever Gotesco along Commonwealth Avenue,” the LTO said. AAC

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