UPDATE 1: And now, LTO is reiterating the No OR/CR, No Travel once more. (3/8).
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has deferred the implementation of the No OR/CR, No Travel Policy for 3 months (90 days) effective today (but there is a catch) . This agreement was reached from a meeting chaired by LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante with vehicle dealers.
Under this agreement, which is set to be formalized next week as an official LTO memorandum, now allows dealers to release vehicles to a buyer provided that the said vehicle shall only be driven to the buyer’s place of residence. The vehicle can also be used on private roads while the OR/CR is being processed. It cannot, however, be used for driving on public roads such as major thoroughfares and highways.
It must be reiterated that under no circumstance can a vehicle be released without PNP Clearance/MVCC (Motor Vehicle Clearance Certificate) and CSR (Certificate of Stock Reported). These are the documents required to prove that the vehicle was not smuggled/stolen. These are also required to get the OR/CR as well.
In turn, the dealers may also ask the buyer to sign a waiver that if the vehicle is used on public roads and the buyer gets apprehended, the dealer is free from any penalties as it is solely the fault of the buyer.
During the same meeting, the LTO has agreed to extend the implementation of standardized temporary plates for 90 days. The agency has also agreed to use hand-written MV (Motor Vehicle) file numbers on the standardized temporary plates for as long as the MV File Number is legible to enforcers.
In return for this 3-month window, dealers have agreed to curb the practice of “batch processing” OR/CRs to expedite the registration purchase.
The details of the meeting with Mr. Galvante have been confirmed by three separate sources.
More information as we get them.