LAND Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor Mendoza II ordered all LTO regional directors to coordinate with government agencies for the renewal of their respective motor vehicles with expired registration.
“We have around 24.7 million delinquent vehicles and some of them are registered under various government agencies.
We are seeking the assistance of these government agencies for the renewal of the registration of the delinquent vehicles under their respective offices,” said Mendoza.
On Sunday, Mendoza also called on owners of motor vehicles with expired registration to register in the soonest possible time as the agency starts the strict implementation of “No Registration, No Travel Policy.”
Mendoza said he already directed all LTO officials across the country to start fielding as many of its enforcers to implement the policy in order to compel owners of around 24.7 million motor vehicles, mostly motorcycles, to renew their registration.
The directive was based on the instruction of Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista to strictly implement the Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Act, especially Section 5 which states the compulsory registration of all motor vehicles.
He explained that the registration of motor vehicles comes with routine checks on the road worthiness of to ensure the safety of all road users.
Last week, Mendoza disclosed that around 65 percent of the motor vehicles in the country are classified as delinquent, or those whose owners either failed or deliberately refused to have their motor vehicles registered.
The figure came out when he ordered a review of the financial status of the LTO in a bid to come up with reform measures to increase the revenues for the national government.
The same data revealed that the government already lost around P37 billion from uncollected payments for the 24.7 million vehicles which are not registered for at least one year.
“Kaya nananawagan tayo sa ating mga kababayan na may expired na motor vehicle registration na huwag ng hintayin na mahuli pa ng ating mga enforcers dahil mas malaking abala ito sa inyo,” said Mendoza.