Amid crackdown, 272,233 motor vehicles register at LTO

Romina Cabrera - The Philippine Star
Amid crackdown, 272,233 motor vehicles register at LTO
Motorists experience heavy traffic along EDSA in Pasay City on December 27, 2023.
STAR / Ernie Penaredondo

MANILA, Philippines — Last January, a total of 272,233 delinquent motor vehicles underwent registration renewal at Land Transportation Office (LTO) offices nationwide, amid a crackdown due to the agency’s intensified “no registration, no travel” policy.

The number registered for Jan. 1 to 31 includes 198,283 motorcycles with expired licenses of over a year to five years.

There were also 20,427 cars, 34,436 public utility vehicles, 12,123 sport utility vehicles and 5,617 taxis.

The LTO said there were also 1,098 tricycles and 168 buses that renewed their registration.

The LTO-National Capital Region led the agency with the most number of renewals, with a total of 48,490 vehicles registered.

This was followed by LTO-Calabarzon with 39,689 and Central Visayas with 30,021.

LTO chief Vigor Mendoza earlier said over 24 million vehicles were considered delinquent or had expired registrations.

This means around 60 percent of all vehicles plying the country’s roads had expired registration.

Mendoza said that registration renewal is necessary to ensure roadworthiness of all vehicles and is also crucial during times of accidents.

The LTO head is currently conducting regional visits to check on the status of major road safety programs of the agency.

“We want to check on the programs, projects and good practices of each regional office that can be replicated and utilized in other parts of the country,” Mendoza said.

“We have only one goal here, and it’s to render quick, proper and attentive service to our countrymen,” he added.

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