MANILA - Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya on Tuesday said new motor vehicle license plates would be issued by mid-April, and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) would be able to catch up with the backlog in the issuance of registration stickers by that time.
Addressing the Senate Committee on Public Services, LTO chief Alfonso Tan said that the government printer APO Production Unit started delivering the stickers last week.
Abaya also defended the decision to require the standardization of all vehicle plates, saying that having one uniform design for all vehicle plates will help curb crime.
He said the new plates would have added security features including more secure screws, bar code, and an LTO inscription.
Motor vehicle owners are expected to shell out P450 to have their car plates replaced.
The DOTC earlier claimed that the new motor vehicle plates will promote road safety and help ease traffic congestion.
The DOTC has given the signal to proceed to PPI-JKG Philippines, Inc., which won the public bidding last year for the 5-year contract to supply 5,236,439 pairs of MV plates, and 9,968,017 pairs of MC plates, to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
With these new standardized plates, the 9 different plate designs currently in use since 1981 will be eventually phased-out. Furthermore, private MV plates will sport a new black-and-white design, similar to those in use in most countries around the world.
"For hire' or PUV plates will retain the black-and-yellow scheme.
The DOTC said PPI-JKG needs one-and-a-half months to manufacture the first set of plates, which will then be distributed to LTO district offices nationwide.
The new plates will have tamper-resistant locks and screws that will permanently attach the plates to the vehicle.
A "third plate" windshield sticker will replace the current sticker which is renewed during annual registration, and will indicate the vehicle's license plate number.
For PUVs, the 'third plate' will also indicate the vehicle's authorized route, preventing out-of-line "colorum" operations and plate tampering.