MANILA, Philippines - A P3.85 billion contract for the production of new license plates for vehicles and motorcycles will be bidded out by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) next month.
In an invitation to bid, the DOTC said interested parties should submit bids on or before March 12.
Under the Motor Vehicle Plate Standardization Program, the winning bidder will supply and delivery all license plates, including screws and stickers to the Land Transportation Office for five years starting July 2013 to June 2018.
A pre-bid conference is set for February. 28. The DOTC said any bid in excess of the approved budget would automatically be rejected.
Each pair of motor vehicle plates, including stickers and screws, should not exceed P450; while motorcycle plates with stickers and plate screws should not cost more than P150.
Based on the guidelines, a bidder must have completed by itself through member firms or consortium provided that the bidder has at least 40% ownership of the consortium, at least similar contracts to the LTO within the last five years.
Earlier, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the standardization of license plates for motor vehicles and motorcycles would ease the problems in identifying counterfeit plates, use of dilapidated plates, and the non-replacement of lost plates.
The new plate numbers will have security features and a bar code that contains the vehicle's chassis number and date of registration.
Under the standardization program, the plate numbers of all new vehicles or those to be registered for the first time will have a combination of 3 letters and 4 numbers, unlike the current plate numbers that have 3 letters and 3 numbers.
Plate numbers of new motorcycles would now have 2 alphanumeric symbols and 5 numbers. At present, motorcycle plates have two letters and four numbers.