10.4 million motorcycle plates still undelivered by LTO

The issue of license plates has been haunting the Land Transportation Office (LTO) even before the pandemic. In August of 2021, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reacting to a Commission on Audit (COA) Report, stated that there were a number of factors that ultimately led to the plate supply/backlog issue. For example, there was an issue with a supplier that led to COA disallowing the payment in 2015 and an eventual Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) by the Supreme Court.

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In 2019, RA 11235, or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act was signed into law. Riders called the new law the “doble plaka law”, and it prescribed a newer design and bigger number plates for motorcycles.

In 2022, the LTO, under then Assistant Secretary, Teofilo Guadiz III, vowed to put an end to the license plate backlog and committed to delivering at least 90% of the backlog by the end of 2023. That did not happen.

Now in 2024 and under the leadership of Assistant Secretary, Atty. Vigor Mendoza II, the LTO admits that there are still 10.4 million motorcycle license plates that remain in backlog and are undelivered to motorists.

“We no longer have plate backlog for motor vehicles. We are able to cater to the current usage. In motorcycles, that would have 10.4 million backlog,” said Mendoza during Friday’s press briefing.

In September of 2023, the LTO said that it is confident that the backlog issue on motorcycle license plates will be resolved in 2025.