No plate, no travel policy suspended

May 4, 2012 10:02 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, May 4 – Deputized traffic law enforcers cannot apprehend owners of duly registered motor vehicles and/or motorcycles without permanent plates issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Janine Lawas, chief of the LTO District Office in Bais City, Negros Oriental, disclosed on Friday that a new memorandum was issued recently stating that due to the non-availability of permanent plates from the LTO, the No Plate, No Travel policy can no longer apply.

A memorandum issued last March 30 and signed by Assistant Sec. Virginia Torres, LTO chief, has ordered the suspension of the apprehension of motor vehicles and/or motorcycles without motor plates, provided the owner can present documents that show that the unit they own have been duly registered with the LTO, said Lawas.

To recall, another memorandum on the No Plate, No Travel policy issued last Feb. 15 was to expire March 31st, but the suspension remains in effect until otherwise ordered by the LTO following the latest memorandum.

Owners of motor vehicles or motorcycles without permanent plates issued by LTO are allowed to use improvised plates provided they meet certain specifications. These include the plate bearing the exact dimensions of a permanent LTO plate and the same colors, e.g. white background and green letters/numbers.

Also, to prove that the unit is indeed registered with the LTO, the owner must carry at all times a photocopy of the Official Receipt and the Certificate of Registration, Lawas said, to avoid being apprehended by law enforcement authorities.

In the LTO-Bais District Office coverage area, motor vehicle and motorcycle owners with no permanent plates but whose units are registered are required to also obtain and carry with them a certification from the said office, Lawas said.

Lawas met on Thursday with Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza, provincial police director of Negros Oriental, to discuss the suspension of the No Plate, No Travel policy, and to inform deputized police personnel that they cannot apprehend registered motor vehicles or motorcycles without LTO plates unless for other traffic violations. (PNA) RMA/JFP

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