The Land Transportation Office conducted a forum on the proposed standardization of motor vehicle plates yesterday at Robinsons Atrium in Dumaguete City.
The forum was attended by more than 100 representatives from the transport groups, motor vehicle dealers, law enforcement agencies and government offices.
LTO Region 7 director Raul Aguiluz said a series of fora will be held in the Central Visayas, including Oriental Negros, to collate opinions and suggestions for inclusion in the final proposal, before it is approved and implemented in 2013.
The proposal aims to minimize incidents of carnapping, theft of plates, use of illegal plates, and to control public utility vehicles from going out of their allowed routes, help improve the motor vehicle registration database system, and provide additional income to the government, the LTO official said.
LTO assistant regional director, Arnel Tansingco, said the plate has embedded overt and covert security features, bar code containing the plate, chassis and engines numbers, has a shelf life of five years, and can be laser-imprinted on reflective sheeting.
During the forum, majority of the members of the transport groups lauded the security features of the standardized plates, but also said the LTO should bring down the cost.
Tansingco said the new plate will still cost P450, and the motor vehicle owner has to pay for it.
Ed Du, president of the Negros Oriental Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the implementation should be done by schedule and with a longer grace period, as the LTO-Dumaguete Office has limited space to accommodate applicants.
It was also suggested that government vehicles be scheduled on different dates as majority of them are used during work days.
The production of plates will be awarded to a private contractor, who has the capacity to sufficiently supply and efficiently delivery plates to all provinces in the country. Aguiluz said the lack of plates and delayed delivery remains a problem besetting the LTO.
Present at the forum were LTO Siquijor head Gerald Dominguez, Gerard Perel of the Bayawan office, Roland Ramos of Dumaguete, and Alberta Janine Lawas of LTO Bais City.*MA
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