LTO mulls stamping OR/CR in lieu of new driver's license

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

September 5, 2023, 3:47 pm

<p>LTO chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II</p>

LTO chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II

MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is looking into stamping the official receipt/certificate of registration (OR/CR) of vehicle owners as a temporary solution to the shortage of plastic driver’s license cards.

LTO chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II said all possible measures to address the current shortage of plastic cards are being considered in case the temporary restraining order (TRO) against LTO’s release of license cards is not lifted.

“Lahat ng paraan ay ating gagawin kung sakaling hindi man ma-lift itong TRO sa pagdi-distribute natin ng license cards. All suggestions are being welcomed by the agency (We are looking into all possibilities in case the TRO against our distribution of license cards is not lifted. All suggestions are welcomed by the agency),” Mendoza said in a statement Tuesday.

In addition to stamping OR/CRs, shifting to electronic or digital driver’s licenses or extending the validity of licenses are also being eyed.

“We will consult with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on what’s the best measure so that we will no longer add burden to our drivers and motorists,” he said.

However, he expressed confidence that the TRO would be lifted and the backlog for driver’s licenses immediately addressed.

Earlier, Agri party-list Representative Wilbert Lee suggested stamping the OR/CR of vehicle owners as a stop-gap measure to the LTO’s backlog of new driver’s license cards.

In August, Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 125 issued a TRO against the LTO’s release of new plastic cards due to a petition from its previous card supplier, Allcard Inc. (Allcard).

The petition was filed after the DOTr awarded the LTO’s cards supply contract to Banner Plasticard Inc. despite a lower bid from Allcard due to a “post-qualification” process that resulted in the disqualification of Allcard.

The decision to disqualify Allcard was made based on feedback from other government agencies and private companies on Allcard’s services. (PNA)