Back in June of last year, motorists who were transacting with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) turned to social media when the agency issued them Official Receipts (OR) that are just printed on white A4-sized paper, instead of the usual OR that is printed on a blue-colored security paper.
Now, after 18 months, the LTO has officially announced that the A4-sized OR being issued is in fact legitimate and is a product of the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) being used by the agency.
“The Land Transportation Office now allows the use of Official Receipts (OR) that are printed on regular paper as proof of transaction with the agency,” said the LTO through their official social media page.
The agency also added that a new memorandum was signed by LTO Assistant Secretary, Atty. Jay Art Tugade, will strengthen its campaign on full digitalization as well as going paperless.
“In view of LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2021-2295 dated 15 September 2021 which provides that the system shall generate electronic Official Receipt (eOR) for transactions processed using LTMS whether over-the-counter or online, this office has ceased issuing Official Receipts (ORs) printed on security paper for said LTMS transactions,” said the new memorandum.
Motorists not required to show Driver’s License OR
In a separate memo signed by Asec. Tugade, the LTO emphasizes that motorists are NOT required to show the Official Receipt (OR) of their Driver’s License when apprehended, especially when a physical card has been already presented to the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO).
“Considering that said OR is not required to be presented during apprehension, all LTO Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) and deputized agents are proscribed from requesting the same when the driver’s license card has been presented,” said the memo.
“We are using technology to avoid any more inconvenience to the motoring public but without sacrificing the efficient enforcement of traffic laws and regulations. We will still look at more effective ways on how our enforcers can do their jobs at protecting our motorists and at the same time maintain road safety,” added Tugade.