MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said it will release the list of delinquent car dealerships, after receiving reports some dealers have been telling their customers that no car plates are available.
"The public deserves to know if their car dealerships are shortchanging them. We will release lists of delinquent dealers in the coming weeks to show which ones aren’t fulfilling their promises to their customers," Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said.
LTO chief Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan, Jr. said these delinquent dealers have been telling customers that the LTO does not have new plates, "when in fact, they’re the ones who aren’t fulfilling their services."
The DOTC and LTO said some car dealers know the plates are available, but mislead their customers.
"License plates for first-time motor vehicle registrants are available-on-demand. Yet many of these plates remain unclaimed from LTO offices," Tan said.
The DOTC and the LTO will release the lists of delinquent dealerships in the next few weeks.
"For owners of new motor vehicles whose dealers tell them that the LTO is not ready with new plates: come to our offices so you can claim them yourselves. Your license plates are ready at your place of registration," Tan said.
The LTO regulates vehicle dealerships and can suspend and even revoke accreditation when needed.
The new plates are part of the LTO’s License Plate Standardization Program, which will phase out the nine existing designs currently in use, over the next two years.