Cus­tom­ized li­cense plates tol­er­ated due to back­log

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CUS­TOM­IZED tem­po­rary li­cense plate de­sign pro­vided by ve­hi­cle own­ers will be tol­er­ated by Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice 11 (LTO 11) as orig­i­nal plates were de­layed.

LTO 11 re­gional di­rec­tor Gomer Dy said that they would give con­sid­er­a­tion to ve­hi­cle own­ers who will come up with their own plate de­signs since the gov­ern­ment still could not pro­vide all car plates yet.

He, how­ever, said that if the pre­scribed plates will be re­leased, they will start the en­force­ment of ap­pre­hend­ing vi­o­la­tors for not fol­low­ing the stan­dards car plates.

“The mo­ment the true and gen­uine plates will come out, that’s the time we will en­force the ap­pre­hen­sion of those cus­tom­ized plates,” he said in an in­ter­view.

He also said that it’s gov­ern­ment’s fault that re­lease of car plates was de­layed, thus, he could not blame ve­hi­cle own­ers from ac­quir­ing plate num­bers for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion although it has legal im­pli­ca­tion.

“Yes, there is re­ally a vi­o­la­tion but on the part of the gov­ern­ment, nag-lax man pod ang gov­ern­ment, wala man naka­hatag ug plaka. Mag-in­gon unya ang tao nga nag­bayad nako dili pa gi­hapon nako mag­a­mit akong sakyanan (The gov­ern­ment was not able to pro­vide the plates. Peo­ple might say, `I paid but why can’t I still use my car?’),” he said.

Dy added that as long as the ve­hi­cle is reg­is­tered, they will not ap­pre­hend car own­ers with mod­i­fied plates.

“We have to use our com­mon sense. As far as I am con­cerned, I would not en­force that be­cause there is fail­ure of the gov­ern­ment to is­sue plates basta as long as it is reg­is­tered ba­hala’g mag­pahimo kag gwapo nga plaka (re­gard­less if they will make plates),” Dy added.

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