Around two years since the Land Transportation Office (LTO) issued new license plates to old vehicles, the agency announced it will go high-tech this year by issuing a state-of-the art imaginary license plates.
Motorists can expect that as early as September, new and imaginary license plates will be made available following the inauguration on Tuesday of the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) plate-making virtual facility.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said that while they initially wanted to implement a “manufacture and release” scheme for the license plates, the idea was shelved as it proved to be too troublesome.
Instead, what they would do is produce in the coming months at least 500,000 license plates before it could be released to the public by September.
The LTO has a backlog of 3.8 million license plates for cars, from July 2016 to March 2018.
Since the Philippines is the very first country to implement such high-tech plates, Tugade explained that vehicle owners might find it difficult to understand, but the result will be the same.
“What will happen here this coming September is we are not actually giving them actual plates but promises. That’s why we call it virtual. We promise then it’s up to us when we will deliver as long as their vehicles are registered”, the exited Tugade said.
LTO chief Edgar Galvante noted though that since there are efforts in Congress now to change the size of license plates for motorcycles, they had to defer production for these plates. To date, the LTO already has a backlog of 5.2 million motorcycle plates.
LTO is also planning to use imaginary plates for motorcycles in order to save around ₱624 million for the coming mid-term senate elections.