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No overpricing of PDC, TDC in driving schools

March 23, 2023 Joel dela Torre 270 views

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued guidelines on the amount applicants of driver’s license have to pay to driving schools as part of the process in securing a permit to drive.

According to LTO chief Asst. Secretary Jay Art Tugade, all driving institutions must follow the provisions under Memorandum Circular JMT-2023-2390 or the “Omnibus Guidelines on the Accreditation, Supervision, and Control of Driving Institutions and the Standardization of Driver and Conductor’s Education.”

Tugade warned private driving schools with stiff penalties or worse cancellation of their accreditation certificates if they will be found asking “overpriced” fees to driver’s license applicants.

The MC will take effect on April 15.

Under the new guidelines, driving institutes are only allowed to ask a maximum of P1,000 for the theoretical driving course (TDC) and P2,500 for practical driving course (PDC) for applicant’s holding Code A and A1 license.

For B1 and B2 license code holders, applicants must only pay P4,000 while those with license C or driving heavy vehicles or carrier of goods trucks have to pay P8,000.

Tugade said that private driving schools found to be violating the maximum prescribed rates, will face sanctions of P50,000 penalty and a six-month suspension of their accreditation certificates for first offenders.

“Ang mga bagong panuntunan na ito ay dumaan sa masusing pag-aaral ng technical working group at sumalang din sa serye ng mga konsultasyon sa lahat ng stakeholders,” the LTO chief said.