THE new requirements, such as NBI and police clearance, in securing or renewing driver’s license has been suspended by the LTO, news report said. This came as the Senate has convinced the Land Transportation Office to temporarily do away with such new requirements that burdened so much the drivers during the Senate hearing on annual budget of the Department of Transportation and Communication to which LTO is an attached agency.
But this has not been officially pronounced by the LTO, which lately came under fire for imposing allegedly without study and consultation with sectors concerned. Earlier, Senator Ralph Recto suggested to LTO to suspend the new requirement, “saying it was just added burden to the people “In the meantime, why don’t we suspend it…? Delayed na yung license plate, delayed na yung driver’s license, pahihirapan na naman natin yung ordinaryong nagmamaneho, naghahanapbuhay, he said,” the report said.
The budget hearing was conducted by Senate Finance committee chaired by Senator Loren Legarda.
License holders and applicants voiced their anger in the airlanes over the new pre-requisite in renewing or applying for new driver’s license in this city.
The new pre-requisites imposed on renewing and applying for new license are the clearance from the National Bureau of Investgation (NBI) and the Philippine Naitonal Police with official receipts on top of the usual medical clearance.
The new requirement is based on Administrative Order No. AVT-2015-029 (Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Issuance of Professional Driver’s Licenses and Conductor’s Licenses) issued on September 22, 2015 by the Land Transportation Office, report said.
Some drivers interviewed said that they suspected that this might be another ‘money-making’ scheme, which the LTO denied, report said.
Reports have it that LTO puts premium on the safety of the riding public following issuance of said order requiring more documents in applying for driver’s licenses.
“The NBI and police clearances were needed to prove that the applicant has not been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude or reckless imprudence resulting from reckless driving,” the report quoting the LTO said.
Those renewing their license and had not been cited during the three-year period will be rewarded to apply for a five-year validity under the LTO’s merit system aside from the order’s guidelines, the repor said.
The report added, “minimum age for license applicants, such that one applying for a student permit should now be 17 years old, up from the previous minimum age of 16. For non-professional licenses, the applicant should now be at least 18 years old, up from the previous requirement of 17.”
Renewals could be done within 30 days before his license exires for enough time in processing the requirements, including the NBI and police clearances, the report said. (rvo)