UPDATE 6: LTO postpones uniform temporary plates, but No OR/CR, No Travel is back. Read it here. (3/8).
UPDATE 5: LTO suspends No OR/CR, No Travel Policy. Read it here. (2/23).
UPDATE 4: Read our FAQ here (2/19).
UPDATE 3: LTO is now implementing a No OR/CR, No Travel policy as prescribed by law (2/18).
UPDATE 2: Oh, now there are fines involved (2/16).
UPDATE 1: We have updated the article with new information (2/15).
It seems that the Land Transportation Office or LTO is raising the white flag when it comes to the issuance of vehicle license plates; you know, the metallic kind? Stating the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code” of the Philippines, the LTO is issuing new and very specific guidelines covering the use of conduction stickers in lieu of license plates effective today, February 15, 2017.
In a memorandum dated January 11, 2017, the LTO cited unity and visual recognition as their reasons to implement the new order. The LTO is mandating all accredited dealers to follow strict specifications when producing the temporary conduction sticker-based plate. Aside from dictating that Arial Black be used (font size 160-pt. to be exact), it also specifies the use of “reflective sturdy material.”
Additionally, these dealer-made license plates should contain the following information: the words, “Registered” (font size 70-pt.), the LTO regional office where the vehicle was registered (font size 36-pt.), the dealer name (also in font size 36-pt.), and the Motor Vehicle (MV) file number as proof of registration (font size 36-pt.)
For motorcycles, used & imported, and rebuilt motor vehicles, the MV file number will be used as identification.
Take note though that the MV file number will only be available once the vehicle has been registered into the LTO system. Theoretically, it should only take 7 days if you are to believe the LTO. If you don’t have the OR/CR, you’re shit out of luck.
Also, no matter how many times you read this new LTO memorandum, there are glaring problems (we managed cleared some of these issues. Answers are in bold).
While it’s clear that it’s up to the dealers to install these necessary plates, it is silent on vehicles released before February 15, 2017. Does this mean that these vehicles, which still don’t have their plates, need to attach the new format or can they continue to use whatever temporary plate they already have installed? (UPDATE 1: Vehicles released before February 15, 2017 do not need to follow this standardized plate format. They can continue to use the whatever conduction plate format. That said, you can be pulled over to present proof that your vehicle was released before February 15, 2017).
If a motorist is pulled over, especially for vehicles released before February 15, 2017—can they simply show a copy or their OR/CR or Delivery Receipt to avoid getting fined? From the memorandum, it seems the motorist can’t be fined since it’s the dealer that’ll shoulder the brunt of non-compliance (UPDATE 1: Again, if the car was released before February 15, 2017, you cannot be fined for using non-compliant temporary plates. UPDATE 2: The LTO just released a statement saying that they will begin apprehending motorists regardless of using compliant or non-compliant temporary plates if that cannot produce a copy of their OR/CR. The fine? P 10,000. Apprehension begins on Monday, February 20. UPDATE 3: The No OR/CR, No Travel policy covers all vehicles regardless of release date. Some dealers have even refused to release vehicles without an OR/CR).
And with conduction stickers supposedly a temporary means of vehicle identification (it’s supposed to be used only during the transport of vehicles from manufacturer/importer to dealer), what happens when the conduction sticker series runs out? Will the LTO simply just add another letter to the conduction sticker series? Why not make the conduction sticker the permanent plate number then?
Read the entire LTO Memorandum below:
To: LTO Accredited Dealers
Subject: Conduction Sticker Number as Temporary License Plate Number
Date: 11 January 2017
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 4136, otherwise known as the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code” as amended by Batas Pambansa Bilang 74, and to ensure that only registered motor vehicles are used or operated on or upon any public highway, the conduction sticker number shall be used as temporary license plate numbers. For motorcycles, used imported and rebuilt motor vehicles, however, the file number shall be used as temporary license plate number.
For uniformity and ease of visual recognition, the following specifications shall be used:
Material: Reflective Sturdy Material
Font: Arial Black
Design & Layout: See Attached
All LTO accredited dealers shall comply with these specifications and attached the described temporary license plates to motor vehicles prior to their release or delivery to the owners effective February 15, 2017.
Non compliance with this Memorandum shall subject the dealer to appropriate sanctions under existing laws, rules, and regulations.
Edgar C. Galvante
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