The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has resumed the distribution of drivers’ plastic license cards on Monday morning.
LTO Chief Edgar Galvante says, the LTO is now releasing about 700,000 new license cards.
Galvante has advised drivers, “kung saan sila nagpa-renew, doon sila magpunta para retrieve-bin. At isa pa, wala silang babayaran dun sa license card. Nabayaran na yon kaya ang ipapakita na lang nila ay kanilang resibo (they should retrieve their license cards from the office where they applied for renewal. That has been paid so they will just present the receipt).”
LTO will give priority to Overseas Filipino Workers.
The LTO’s backlog for these items stands at nearly four million.
The shortage in license plates and plastic cards started in 2013 when the LTO awarded a P 3.8-billion Car Plate Standardization Program to Knieriem BV Goes and Power Plates Development Concept Inc.
The Commission on Audit, however, found the deal anomalous in 2015, citing lack of funding for the project.
On June 14, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered the LTO to stop the distribution of about 700,000 license plates turned over by the Bureau of Customs.