LTO starts releasing license plates nationwide

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) today started distributing license plates automotive dealers and owners nationwide for vehicles registered in July 2016.

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino and Land Transportation Office (LTO) Regional Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec lead the ceremonial distribution of motor vehicle license plates at the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Visayas in Region 7. DOTr photo

“Today, we will start the release of the plates nationwide for vehicles registered July 2016,” LTO chief Transportation Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said.

According to Galvante, plates for the succeeding months of 2016 are already being shipped to the Regional Offices for distribution to different Authorized District Offices (ADOs) and dealers.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said LTO Plate Making Plant has produced a total of 231,332 pairs of motor vehicle plates since it started operating in April enough to cover the July to December 2016 requirements.

However, the LTO chief said that the release of plates will be gradual and will be announced in the succeeding months.

“We ask the vehicle plate owners to wait for their notification. We do not want the owners to rush to the District Offices only to find out that their plates are not yet there,” he said.

DOTr said motorists who registered their vehicles before July 1, 2016 (2013 to June 2016) will not receive their license plates yet, as these are under a different contract from another supplier.

The LTO chief reiterated that the said contract is still the subject of the Commission on Audit (COA) disallowance. “We are positive that the COA decision will come out soon,” he said.

“Itong problema na ito ay matagal na inireklamo at idinaing ng mga kababayan natin. Sino ba naman ang matutuwa na nagbabayad ka ng tama tapos aabutin ng siyam siyam bago makuha ang plaka. Kaya tuld ng ipinangako ng ating Pangulo, heto ho, inayos namin, heto ho, may plaka na kayo,” DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said.