In a simple ceremony earlier this week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) formally handed over the first batch of the new RA 11235-compliant number plates to motorcycle dealers in the National Capital Region (NCR).
That means motorcycle owners who bought their motorcycles between January and December of 2018 and were registered within that same year with any of the LTO NCR West offices (Las Piñas, Parañaque, Pasay, Manila, Makati, Muntinlupa, Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas) can expect their new license plates.
However, motorcycle dealers urge owners to be patient. Edwin Go, president of the Motorcycle Dealers Association of the Philippines (MDAP), the biggest organization of motorcycle dealers here in the country, says to call to check first.
“To keep everything in order, it will be best for the concerned motorcycle owners to first contact their dealer by phone, or wait for the dealer to contact them to schedule a pick up [of MC plate] at the most convenient time,” said Go.
To put it simply, motorcycle riders who want to pick up their new motorcycle plate number should not rush to their dealers yet. Instead, give it a few more days until the dealers devise a system of distributing these license plates in an efficient and orderly fashion.
So far, the LTO has already distributed 5,000 new license plates to NCR motorcycle dealers and will continue until the backlog has been fulfilled. For regions outside of NCR, the LTO will start the distribution of new license plates starting next week.