The Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) problem with the license plates of more than 18 million registered motorcycles in the country is far from over. This was what LTO chief Edgar Galvante admitted to the the House committee on appropriations during the 2022 budget deliberation for the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
“Ang malaki po naming problem ay yung sa motorcycles. Sa projection po ng LTO, kailangan ng 18 million plates hanggang June 30, 2022. Bagamat humingi po tayo ng pondo, sa masamang palad, hindi po tayo napagbigyan dito,” Galvante explained after representative Ace Barbers asked for an update on license plates.
As of writing, the LTO chief shared that the agency had already distributed around 3.6 million license plates based on the provisions of the Republic Act 11325, otherwise known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.
“At yun po sanang kakulangan ay gusto na po sana nating i-contract out kasi ang capacity ng ating planta hindi kayang matugunan ang bulk ng plaka ng motorsiklo,” Galvante lamented.
He said those produced at the LTO plate-making plant in its Quezon City main office were distributed to motorbike owners, who registered from July 2016 up to the present.
However, a big bulk of the license plates of motorbikes that were registered before June 30, 2016 have yet to be produced by the agency. Galvante pointed out serious budget constraints as their biggest challenge to be able to address the issue.
Launched in April 2018, the plate-making facility has the capacity to produce 22,000 units daily. But considering the huge backlog, the LTO chief said it would be impossible to avert the number plate shortage unless they enlist the help of another contractor.
“Habang ginagawa ng LTO yung plaka na kaya ng capacity ng planta, magpapatuloy po ito. At yun namang kabuuan, yung mas malaki ang volume, ipapa-contract out natin ito para magawa yung plaka,” Galvante emphasized.
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