Malacanang is siding with the LTO as it order all vehicles to change their old plate numbers.
PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. fired back against the accusation of Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Ralph Recto that it appears that the LTO is milking all vehicle owners in the country by forcing them to change to new plate numbers.
Car owners are complaining that it’s taking the LTO awhile in releasing their new license plates.
Secretary Coloma said that it’s the duty of the LTO and the DOTC to assure the integrity of the license plates, for the protection of the car owners.
During the public hearing at the Senate, Senator Cayetano questioned the additional 50 pesos fee for the registration stickers, aside from the 450 pesos payment for new the new license plates.
Cayetano added that this only shows that the LTO are trying to squeeze more money out of the car owners’ pockets because of additional payment for registration stickers.
Meanwhile, Senator Recto doubts if changing the plate numbers of cars will help alleviate the problem in traffic and carnapping incidents.