Vin­tage cars, jeep­neys and the LTO

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Wheels - Atty. Jerome G. Neri

HOW of­ten do we see a vin­tage car 40 years and older run­ning on the streets? On very rare oc­ca­sions. Last week I wrote about my grand­fa­ther’s Volkswagen Bee­tle that was com­pletely re­stored, and I said although it is back to brand new con­di­tion, I will not drive it ev­ery day or even as a Sun­day car. It will be a car that can be used for car meets and car shows. The main rea­son be­ing that it is in­con­ve­nient to drive. No air­con, no power steer­ing and it’s a man­ual trans­mis­sion. It is com­pletely in­com­pat­i­ble with our traf­fic. I’m sure other vin­tage car own­ers have the same sen­ti­ment. They will not use their beloved vin­tage cars ev­ery­day.

More of­ten than not, most prob­a­bly 99 per­cent of 40-year-old cars that are run­ning are owned by car en­thu­si­ats who know how to take care and main­tain their cars prop­erly. This is the rea­son their old cars are still run­ning. These cars are in bet­ter shape than a lot of cars run­ning on our roads.

Now here comes the Land Transportation Of­fice (LTO) with their tra­di­tional stu­pid­ity and in­com­pe­tence. They is­sued Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der RPC-2016033 for the reg­is­tra­tion and record­ing of vin­tage mo­tor ve­hi­cles. One of the pro­vi­sions in the or­der lim­its the use of this vin­tage cars to week­ends and hol­i­days. Among the LTO’s con­tentions are that these vin­tage cars pol­lute and that re­mov­ing them from the roads will ease the traf­fic. Stupid, stupid, stupid. No one sees a 40-year-old car on the streets ev­ery day. They are a very rare sight.

The Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der de­scribes a vin­tage car as “a ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tured at least 40 years prior to the cur­rent year or with a year model ear­lier than 1975, not a re­pro­duc­tion and which has been main-taned or re­stored to a con­di­tion in con­form­ity with the man­u­fac­turer’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion and ap­pear­ance.”

There­fore, as long as I al­ter some­thing in a vin­tage car that the con­di­tion does not con­form with the man­u­fac­turer spec­i­fi­ca­tion, I can use the car any

The ve­hi­cle that is caus­ing traf­fic and pol­lu­tion in our roads to­day are the jeep­neys. Ma­jor­ity that I see don’t look road­wor­thy to me – they are just so di­lap­i­dated. These ve­hi­cles are what the LTO should con­cen­trate on and reg­u­late well.”

day of the week. Does this mean if I in­stall a wing of a Mit­subishi Lancer Evo­lu­tion V in my grand­fa­ther’s re­stored 1963 Volkswagen Bee­tle, it now can be used ev­ery day?

I do not see the point of this reg­u­la­tion. Maybe I am the one who is stupid. This is like pass­ing a law reg­u­lat­ing the use of dial-up in­ter­net only on week­ends to keep the land­line phone lines traf­fic-free.

There seems to be so much space be­tween the ears of our gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. What hap­pened to the smart ones? Where are they? Maybe the smart ones are too busy restor­ing vin­tage cars.

I see horse drawn tar­tanil­las in some streets down­town, they run slow, they smell and they take a dump ev­ery­where. Ahhh, but they can be used ev­ery­day be­cause the horses are less than 40 years old.

Our streets have zero prob­lems with vin­tage cars. Cars get di­lap­i­dated af­ter 10 to 15 years and they do not last 40 years if not well taken care off. One of th most pop­u­lar cars in 1990 was the boxy Nis­san Sen­tra. It is hard to find one run­ning on our roads to­day.

The ve­hi­cle that is caus­ing traf­fic and pol­lu­tion in our roads to­day are the jeep­neys. Ma­jor­ity that I see don’t look road­wor­thy to me – they are just so di­lap­i­dated. These ve­hi­cles are what the LTO should con­cen­trate on and reg­u­late well. It is our mass transportation taken by ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple. Our peo­ple de­serve to be safe and secure ev­ery time they travel.

LTO, did you bump your head?

(AP PHOTO/SUN.STAR FILE)

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