Is your motorcycle due for registration? Was it acquired through financing? Does it still have a temporary plate number? If your answer is YES to any one of them or all, you might find this memo troublesome. In a Land Transportation Office (LTO) memo dated May 15, 2019, with the subject: “Advisory to all vehicle owners bearing no license plates during emission testing”, it basically says that a vehicle owner (not just motorcycles) should satisfy the following requirements in relation to Department Order (DO) 2012-10:
A placard/ signage bearing the words “NO AVAILABLE PLATE”, or any tenor to the same effect, must be prominently displayed;
The Original copy of the Official Receipt/ Certificate of Authorization (OR/CR) of the vehicle subject of emission test must likewise be displayed; and
Both the placard/ signage AND the OR/CR must be held by the Motor Vehicle Control Technician (MVECT) who conducted the emission test.
The above mentioned, are now being strictly enforced in line with 6.7.3 of DO 2012-10:
“Only CECs supported by clear pictures of motor vehicle taken during testing with the following image details shall be accepted:
a. Visible plate number from the rear side of the motor vehicle. If the motor vehicle carries an improvised plate number, a photo copy of the certification/ authorization from LTO to use said plate number must be attached before conducting the emission test [Emphasis supplied]”
The memo says “Original copy of the Official Receipt/ Certificate of Authorization (OR/CR)”, that means if only a temporary plate number is being used, the vehicle owner must first secure a Certificate of Authorization from the LTO for the use of temporary plate number(s). Some emission testing centers however as of this writing, are requiring vehicle owners to submit the original OR/CR and if these documents are not available, the vehicle owner is required to go back to his/ her motorcycle dealer for certification.