LTO releases new license plates

The first batch of new license plates has been released by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

New LTO license plate
The new LTO license plates—manufactured by Dutch-Filipino consortium PPI-JKG Philippines, Inc.—will replace the nine different plate designs that have been in use since 1981. Under the new standard, plates of private vehicles will now sport a black-and-white design, while “For Hire” or public utility vehicles (PUVs) will retain the black-and-yellow scheme.

Aside from the color change, the LTO also introduced modern security features to the new license plates. These include tamper-proof bolts that will permanently attach the plates to the vehicle, reflectorized sheeting for long-range and wide-angled visibility, and a “third-plate” sticker to display license plate numbers on windshields that leaves a trace when torn off.

The security features embedded in the new license plates are expected to limit, if not eliminate, illegal operations, such as the “tanggal plaka” modus operandi, and prevent criminal elements from carrying out activities such as carjacking and other heinous crimes.

In addition, the license plates for PUVs will indicate the region where it is registered. Public utility buses (PUBs), on the other hand, will display a label indicating whether it is a city or a provincial bus, and their “third plate” sticker will reflect their authorized routes.

Secretary of Transportation and Communications Jun Abaya said that the new license plates will not only ensure the safety of motorists, but also help ease traffic congestion and promote road discipline in the country.

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