LTO pursues ‘No OR/CR No Travel’ policy (Part two)

By Tracy Cabrera

For the first part of this series, click here.

DO WE realize that many are confused with the ‘No OR/CR, No Travel’ policy of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)? 

But many motorists ask that if it’s taking the government so long in issuing plates, why don’t we just use the Conduction Sticker numbers permanently?

In answer, Conduction Stickers serve a very specific purpose. For a fact, they are issued to accredited assemblers and importers of whole motor vehicles (MV) for road testing and delivery only. 

The conduction sticker is used to allow the legal use of a vehicle prior to its initial registration. The LTO is only “enforcing the law” that requires motor vehicles to be registered before its release.

 

Virtual Plates

And there is also the issue about Virtual Plates issued by the LTO in answer to the backlog in getting the permanent plate numbers. These contain the car registration numbers issued for a new vehicle; it’s just that the assigned plate number isn’t available yet. Having a virtual plate helps in the release of your permanent plate number in the future.

Now, this is where it gets tricky.

The law actually prohibits the making and/or using of improvised plates. It has corresponding fines unless you have an authority to operate with the use of improvised plates.

With that in mind, if you plan to use your virtual plate number, always have a copy of your OR/CR with you and a copy of the authority to operate with the use of improvised plates.

 

Effects of ‘no plate, no travel’ policy

Beginning last February 15, if the buyer has the OR/CR, then the LTO’s two memorandums won’t have too much affect. 

You can be pulled over by authorized LTO personnel, yes, but there are no fines involved. 

All you need to prove is that: first, you bought the vehicle before February 15, hence not needing the standardized temporary plate; and second, that you have the OR/CR with you to prove ownership. 

In other words, if you don’t want the hassle, just ditch those ‘Euro’ or ‘JDM’ look temporary plates and go for the standardized format.

If you don’t have an OR/CR yet, you cannot use your vehicle. The 7-day window using the Vehicle Sales Invoice or Delivery Receipt, does not work anymore. 

There was never a 7-day legal usage window in the first place. It came about from misinterpretation and “nakagawian”. 

You can be fined P 10,000 for using an unregistered vehicle. If registered to another owner, the owner is fined P 10,000 and the driver, P 1,000.

 

After February 15

The vehicle should have been released by the dealer with the standardized temporary plate already attached. It should indicate details such as the Conduction Sticker number, dealer name, and MV File Number. And since the MV File Number is only generated once your vehicle has been registered, you should also have your OR/CR too.

If you still don’t have your OR/CR, you cannot use your vehicle. Even if you use the standardized temporary plate, but don’t have the MV File Number, you are considered an unregistered vehicle. You can be pulled over and fined. The fine is also P 10,000 to the owner and P 1,000 to the driver.

 

Motorists Rights

Understanding that there are delays in the issuance of the OR/CR, the LTO said that they’ll be lenient initially and let motorists and dealers out with just a warning. 

While they are working to speed up the vehicle registration process, they are discouraging motorists and dealers from giving ‘SOP’ because this will simply lead to increased corruption within the LTO; the very same thing the Durterte Administration is trying to snuff out. (To be concluded)

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