LTO Violations Every Motorist Should Take Note Of

by Mayee Gonzales, on category "Car Insurance"

February 4, 2019


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Everyone gets a ticket at least once in their life. Whether it’s for smoking at a non-smoking area or for throwing garbage at the wrong place. Indeed, we’ve all paid fines for something at one point or another.

And if you’re a driver in the Philippines, there’s a huge chance you have received a ticket from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for violating one (or two) of their rules and regulations.

Don’t let this happen again. Be a responsible motorist and take note of the following LTO violations.

LTO Fines and Penalties for Traffic and Administrative Violations

LTO Violations in Connection with Licensing

1. Driving without license

LTO Fine: PHP 1,500

Going for a quick drive but too lazy to get your driving license? Think twice before starting your vehicle. Driving without a license will cost you PHP 1,500 while driving with a suspended or revoked license has an LTO fine worth PHP 1,000.

2. No Seatbelt

LTO Fine: PHP 1,000 for the first offense, PHP 2,000 for the second offense, and PHP 5,000 for the third offense

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4. Reckless Driving

LTO Fine: PHP 2,000 for the first offense, PHP 3,000 for the second offense, and PHP 10,000 for every subsequent offense.

5. Driving Under the Influence of Liquor

LTO Fine: PHP 5,000

Apart from the penalty, motorists who violate the regulation will receive a two-month license suspension. For the second offense, another penalty of PHP 6,000 plus three months suspension of driver’s license. Then, for subsequent violations, a penalty of PHP 7,000 and six months suspension of driver’s license will be implemented.

6. Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

LTO Fine: PHP 10,000 and automatic revocation of license

LTO Violations in Connection with Number Plates

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1. Number plate not firmly attached

LTO Fine: PHP 500

The penalty for this LTO violation may seem inexpensive but driving with a loose number plate may cause damage to your vehicle and also risk your safety and those of other motorists.

2. Display or use of an expired commemorative plate or sticker

LTO Fine: PHP 2,000

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3. Tampered or marked plates or stickers

LTO Fine: PHP 2,000

4. Illegal transfer or use of regularly issued vehicle plates, tags, or stickers

LTO Fine: PHP 10,000

  • Owners/operators are conclusively presumed to have committed the illegal transfer
  • Licenses of those involved in the illegal transfer of plates or stickers shall be suspended for three (3) months
  • If the motor vehicle was used in a criminal activity, the owner shall pay an LTO penalty of PHP 12,000 plus they will face suspension of plates, registration certificate, and Official Receipt for two (2) years

*With an exception for security plates on an authorized motor vehicle

LTO Violations Relative to Equipment, Parts, Accessories, Devices and Markings

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1. Driving with a defective tail light

LTO Fine: PHP 5,000

This violation for defective/improper/unauthorized accessories, devices, equipment and parts also applies to the following:

Bells/horns/sirens/whistles, blinkers, brakes, early warning device (EWD), grill/s, jalousies, brake (foot and hand brakes), brake lights/headlights/interior lights/signal, mirrors, mufflers, metallic tires/spare tire, speedometer, windshield, wipers or any other accessory, device, equipment or part that may risk road safety.

2. Smoke Belching

LTO Fine: PHP 2,000

For the second offense, apprehended motorists will face a fine of PHP 4,000. For the third offense, 1 year suspension of the vehicle’s registration plus a PHP 6,000 penalty.

3. Dilapidated or defective motor vehicle

LTO Fine: PHP 1,000

Note: These are just some of the LTO violations in the Philippines. Click here for the complete list.

Final Thoughts

Most violations are easily avoided if a motorist – and in some cases, their passengers – do their due diligence. Be a responsible driver and passenger to avoid the above mentioned LTO violations.