Because of the holidays, LTO to ease up on campaign vs expired registrations

As of December 6, 2023, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has reported that they have apprehended and impounded a total of 4,864 vehicles, mostly motorcycles, as a result of the agency’s intensified campaign against vehicles with expired or delinquent registrations.

Earlier, the LTO reported that the agency has close to PHP 37 billion in income loss, which its officials blame on motorists who did not renew their vehicle’s registration. The LTO added that this is equivalent to 65% of all vehicles on the road have an expired or delinquent registration.

But, in the spirit of the holidays, LTO chief, Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II, has ordered the easing of the agency’s "No Registration, No Travel" policy and has instructed its units to just issue a warning to erring motorists.

“Our DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista immediately approved this when we consulted this matter. It’s the season for celebrations and we don’t want your LTO to be the cause of stress,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza said he already relayed his order to ease the strict implementation of the policy to all LTO Regional Directors and other heads of units including the Law Enforcement Service which is mainly in charge of the operation against delinquent motor vehicles.

Based on the instruction of Mendoza, the strict implementation of the No Registration, No Travel policy will resume in January next year. The LTO Chief said all enforcers of the agency were instructed to just warn the drivers of the delinquent motor vehicles.

“But let me make this clear: there is no ‘forever’ in our leniency towards delinquent vehicles. After the new year’s celebrations, the LTO will be back in strict enforcement,” added Mendoza.

He then advised delinquent motor vehicles to set aside a portion of their 13th-month pay and bonus for the renewal of the registration of their delinquent motor vehicles.