The Land Transportation Office of the Philippines is proposing changes to the issuance of driving licences, as well as the age a person is allowed to have a licence.
The LTO says the would like to reward those who do not violate traffic rules during a certain period of time by rewarding them with a five-year licence rather than the current two-years.
Another proposal by the LTO would be the change the rules for new younger drivers to age 17, instead of the current age of 16.
LTO director Arnel Tancinco said they needed the people’s opinions on the “Reform Measures in the Issuance of Driver’s Licence.”
A new rule will also make applying for a licence stricter – a birth certificate authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority will be required.
Currently, an applicant who can’t present a birth certificate can instead submit a passport or any government-issued identification card – teenagers can even submit written consent from their parents or guardians.