LTO’s New “No Registration – No Travel” Policy

Published: March 31, 2015 | Updated: June 29, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Government Services


LTO No Plate Policy
You’ve probably seen a lot of cars without license plates, or with boards that simply say “For Registration”. Starting April 1, the Land Transportation Office will be enforcing a “No Registration – No Travel” policy in conjunction with R.A. 4136, Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01.

Starting April 1, the Land Transportation Office will be enforcing a “No Registration – No Travel” policy in conjunction with R.A. 4136, Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01.

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According to this, any four-wheeled vehicle without its license plates can be stopped and will be required to present the vehicle’s Certificate of Registration and Official Receipt. The same is true if special plates are ordered.

Strict penalties will be imposed on anyone found driving a vehicle without plates – ranging from PHP 5,000 for those who have completed their registration but haven’t attached their plates. A penalty of PHP 10,000 will be imposed on a driver who fails to produce the CR/OR – or the following documents:

• Certificate of stock reported
• Sales Invoice, dated seven days prior to apprehension
• Certificate of Insurance Cover, dated on or after the date of the Sales Invoice.

A further PHP 1,000 fine will be imposed on the driver for reckless driving.

While the original enforcement of this was meant to be in November of 2014, LTO Secretary Jun Abaya stated that the reason for the delay in the policy’s enforcement was the lack of license plates being issued to the public. The agency plans on enforcing it to the letter, and those vehicles without their license plates may be impounded.

A leeway of seven days will be given to newly-purchased vehicles, and the reasoning behind it is that car dealers can use the allotted seven days to complete their registration – which includes car insurance, as mandated by law – and acquire the vehicle’s license plates. Car dealers will not be allowed to deliver the vehicle without its plates.

It’ll be important that vehicles get their registration completed before they hit the road. The last thing anybody needs is the hassle of being pulled over and fined should they not have their plates attached to their car.
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