LTO to return RFID fees

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2010 03:24 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2010 11:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists who paid radio frequency identification (RFID) fees to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will get their money back.

The LTO will start issuing refunds to around 90,000 motorists starting this month, the agency said on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court, in a ruling in January, ordered the LTO and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to stop implementing the controversial RFID project.

The decision was made in response to a motion for intervention filed by militant groups that sought to declare the project null and void.

The Commission on Audit has given the LTO the green light to refund P31 million in RFID fees.

LTO chief Virginia Torres said the refunds will be made in cash.

She asked the motorists to present RFID payment receipts to the LTO.

The public welcomed the move.

“Bilisan nila, dapat nga di na siningil yun e (They should fast-track the refunds. The LTO shouldn’t really have collected payments from us),” taxi operator Ricky de Guzman said.

He revealed that RFID stickers were not installed on his taxi cabs despite payments made to the LTO.

“Huwag na nilang pahirapan ang mga motorista, ibigay na agad in cash (They should not make it hard for motorists and give the money back in cash,” said Piston secretary-general George San Mateo. – with a report from Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News