FIRST LOOK: New motor vehicle plates


Posted at May 08 2014 12:03 PM | Updated as of May 08 2014 08:04 PM

Photo by Jacque Manabat.

MANILA - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has released today the first batch of private motor vehicle plates with new design.

The original release of the new license plates was scheduled September last year but was delayed due to issues on the release of funds by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The plates now have three control letters and four digits, and are white in color with black fonts. The font thickness was increased to nine millimeters from the previous seven millimeters, and font size is 70 millimeters in height and 35 millimeters in width. The new plates have the same dimension of 140 by 390 millimeters.

The LTO said the new plates are loaded with security features to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to rid roads of colorum vehicles.

New motor vehicles registered February 17, 2014 onwards and new motorcycles registered last September 2013 onwards will get the new batch of plates.

Last month, LTO Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan admitted that the backlog started in 2012 when the winning bidder failed to produce the license plates and car registration stickers.

As of 2013, the backlog on motor vehicle plates is around 400,000 and 1 million for LTO stickers. -- From a report by Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News