Friday, December 19, 2014

LTO modifies licensing policy

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will revise its existing guidelines for licenses renewal in a bid to give a boost to the issuance of driving licenses in the country.

LTO-9 Director Aminola Abaton said their central office is currently looking at some provisions carefully that need to be revised to ensure that licenses will only be issued to deserving individuals.

Abaton added the changes in the conduct of examination for new driving license applicants will take effect in the first quarter of 2015.

One of the rules that LTO will implement is to require applicants to enroll in LTO-accredited driving schools before they will be issued a license.

This is a must for student, non-professional and professional permits, Abaton said as he added some 18,500 new license plates will also be issued to vehicle owners next year.

He said that half of the total number of the new license plates is for motorcycles while the remaining is for motor vehicles.

The license plates are for vehicle owners who purchased their units last year as old vehicle plates will be replaced starting next year upon renewal of registration of the unit.

The cost of the new license plate is P450 each to be shouldered by the vehicle owner.