Setup of priority lanes for expired registrations ordered by LTO chief

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced plans to set up priority lanes in its offices to encourage motorcycle and vehicle owners to renew their delinquent registrations.

This is in line with the agency’s “Oplan Balik Rehistro, Be Road Ready” program after the agency reported that close to 25 million vehicles, mostly motorcycles, have expired registrations. This also translates to a PHP 37 billion income loss for LTO.

LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor D. Mendoza II has ordered all Regional Directors and heads of district offices across the country to provide special lanes for the registration of delinquent motor vehicles by their owners. This classification covers motor vehicles with expired registration for at least one year.  The figure represents around 65% of all the vehicles in the country.

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The LTO is currently conducting aggressive law enforcement operations through the “No Registration, No Travel” policy wherein apprehended motor vehicles with expired registrations are sanctioned with stiff penalties that include a PHP 10,000 penalty.

Hundreds of motor vehicles were already impounded as a result of the nationwide operations.

“There’s a huge penalty if you’re apprehended with an expired registration. That is why we are reaching out to the delinquent motor vehicle owners in order for them to avoid these stiff penalties and this includes providing priority lanes for them in all our district and extension offices,” said Mendoza.

Aside from this program, Mendoza earlier ordered the conduct of “One Stop Shop/Service Caravan/Outreach Program” which is meant to bring the LTO offices, particularly the registration of delinquent motor vehicles, closer to the people.

“We are implementing programs to reach out to our clients so that they will be encouraged to register their motor vehicles. We at LTO, as much as possible, want to avoid apprehending motorists because of the high amount of penalties,” added Mendoza.

“So I am appealing to all motor vehicle owners with expired registrations to take advantage of these programs. These are all designed to make our services comfortable for you and at the same time show that your government cares.