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LTO-Bais still lacks
m’cycle plates

The Land Transportation Office in Bais City, Negros Oriental, said yesterday it still lacks official plates for motorcycles as the end of the 45-day suspension of its “no plate, no travel” policy looms.

Janine Lawas, chief of the LTO-Bais District Office, said the policy has been suspended since February 15, due to lack of materials in making plate numbers. The suspension allowed registered motorcycles and motor vehicles, with no official plates, to still travel so long as the driver or owner can present documents that he or she has already registered the unit, Lawas added.

While the LTO-Bais Office has available plates for MVs or four-wheeled vehicles, it lacks plates for motorcycles, because of the big number of applicants for new registration each month, as well as backlogs on MC units, that have been previously registered and have been travelling without official plates for years, Lawas said.

She said she is awaiting the delivery of at least 5,000 plates that she had requested from the LTO central office.

Owners of MCs and MVs that are registered may travel with temporary plates so long as these comply with the LTO specifications, like bearing the same colors, same font, and same measurement as those of the original official plate, Lawas said.*JFP

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