All backlogs will be covered this year – Orbos


THERE will be no more backlogs in releasing motor vehicle license plates at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) next year as the plates have already started to be distributed simultaneously nationwide to different district offices on July 5.

Department of Transportation Undersecretary Tim Orbos told The PUNCH in a phone interview when he came to Dagupan City LTO for the initial distribution of motor vehicle plates, comprising the first bath of 4,447 plates for Region 1.

DOTr Undersecretary Orbos gives a lady motorist finally her vehicle’s new license plates at the LTO Office in Dagupan City. (Punchphoto by Jojo Riñoza)

The delivered plates covered the backlog for four-wheel vehicles from July to December 2016. However, still no plates for motorcycles were delivered.

Total backlog for motor vehicles is 3,846,848 and another 5,210, 311 for motorcycles or a total of 9,057,159 nationwide, Orbos said.

Orbos said first contract for delivery is 2,900,000 pairs while the second contract is 1,135,000 pairs that will be delivered within the year to all district offices.

He said being a Pangasinense, he wanted to be in the province to deliver the initial batch. All districts received their plates simultaneously.

LTO, he said has to wipe out all backlogs until the end of the year as there will be more new registration of motor vehicles expected next year.

To facilitate the distribution of plates to car owners, the license plates will be given to car dealers for distribution to their registered car owners.

Orbos said next year, motorists can expect to receive the car plates upon registration because it is already the government that is producing the plates.

“There are about six million new vehicles every year nationwide and we are catching up on this within the year,” Orbos said.

He said, “We are no longer a republic without plate numbers but it shall be known now as a republic with beautiful plates.” (Eva Visperas)

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