From the Department of Transportation and Communications

    Come April 1st, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will strictly enforce the “No Registration-No Travel Policy” for motor vehicles (MVs), which means that all MVs must be registered, or at least be in the 7-day registration period, by the start of next month.

    “It has always been prohibited by law to use motor vehicles which have not been registered with the LTO. The only exception is the first seven (7) days, during which registration should be processed by the vehicle owner,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

    “We held back from implementing this rule before, because the lack of license plates was our responsibility. But now that we have been able to issue new license plates within 7 days from start of registration, we have no more reason not to implement the law,” he added.

    Under the No Registration-No Travel policy, any four (4)-wheeled motor vehicle running without a license plate may be flagged by a traffic enforcer because all MVs are required to have valid license plates. To be clear, these may be any of the nine (9) older green-and-white license plates or the new black-and-white license plates – for as long as they are valid.

    Penalties for violators

    The applicable penalties for a violation of this rule under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 include a P 10,000.00 fine for driving an unregistered vehicle, which is assessed against the vehicle owner, and a P 1,000.00 fine assessed against the driver.

    If the driver is able to present a Certificate of Registration (CR) and an Official Receipt (OR) of the vehicle to prove that it has been registered, the driver will be fined only P 5,000.00 for failure to attach plates.

    For MVs that are within the 7-day registration process, the driver must present the Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR), Sales Invoice dated within seven (7) days prior to the apprehension, and a Certificate of Insurance Cover dated on or after the date of Sales Invoice. If such documents are presented, no penalties will be meted out.

    As an additional penalty, should the date of the Sales Invoice exceed thirty-seven (37) days on the date of apprehension, the motor vehicle will be impounded by the LTO.

    7-day vehicle registration period

    Since the LTO implemented Administrative Order (AO) No. AVT-2014-24 in February 2014, the new one-stop registration process has eliminated unnecessary delays and cut down processing time down to seven (7) days, from the previous three to four (3-4) weeks.

    “If your dealer tells you that the LTO does not have your license plates beyond the 7-day period, report this to us and tell your dealer to pick them up. You may also personally claim your license plates from the LTO regional office if you wish,” Abaya remarked.