During the past couple of weeks, we’ve been following the daily law enforcement activities of EDSA boss, Col. Bong Nebrija, and his team. Of the many traffic violators they’ve accosted, it was revealed that many drivers and motorcycle riders had a fake driver’s license. And that’s just the among those caught by the MMDA.
I-ACT have also noticed that there were a lot of drivers and riders that didn’t go through the LTO to get their licenses.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) says this is already alarming.
“It has already reached my office that there are a lot of online scammers that are offering driver’s licenses without going through the correct process,” said transportation secretary, Arthur Tugade. “Do not patronize these schemes!” he added.
Tugade also said that he already directed the Land Transportation Office (LTO), to investigate deeper with the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to prosecute those behind these illegal schemes.
According to these online scammers, a person will get a “legitimate” driver’s license with a legitimate serial number. Unfortunately, the serial numbers that these scammers issue are already being used by another license holder. This means a fake driver’s license holder is using another person’s official DL number.
If the fake driver’s license holder is caught for a number of traffic violations, it might affect the innocent, legitimate DL holder who is completely unaware of what’s going on.
Luckily, law enforcement units are trained to determine if a driver’s license is fake or not.
“I assure you that the LTO is continuously improving the process for getting a driver’s license so that only those who are really qualified to get one are given the privilege to drive a motor vehicle.”