Validity of car plates and driver's licenses to be extended by October
If only this means we could avoid getting stuck in traffic.
(SPOT.ph) Car owners who are scheduled to get their cars registered or drivers who plan to renew their licenses can expect a longer validity period for their car plates and licenses by October. The Department of Transportation first made the announcement in August, but Department of Transportation (DOTr) Sec. Arthur Tugade formally signed the official order on Tuesday night, September 20, according to a report on GMA News. “Last night I signed a Department Order which will extend the validity of car plates and driver's license to five years from three years,” he said. The policy will initially be implemented in the National Capital Region and will eventually be expanded to cover the whole country.
Tugade also aims to implement a driver’s license online renewal policy by 2017 for motorists who have no violations. “If you are not involved in lawlessness or crime you can do it online. It is understandably [sic] kapag meron kang violations or citation doon ka sa head office magre-renew,” he said. Back in August, it was reported that Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas urged the Land Transportation Office to switch to online renewal services which could possibly improve the processing of license renewals and vehicle registrations.
The DOTr is the lead agency assigned to handle motorists’ affairs and transportation issues. In August, Tugade proposed that the president be granted emergency powers to address Metro Manila’s worsening traffic situation.