The Philippines Land Transportation Office (LTO) has delayed the release of the plastic driver’s licence cards and has ordered the regional directors throughout the country to disregard the validity period of the temporary licence.
The LTO has says that instead of the licence having an expiration date, the validity “Shall be considered as the temporary licence’s lifespan/validity period.”
With that in mind, anyone caught with an expired licence cannot be charged for the violation – a 3,000 peso fine – “until the issue on the shortage or non-availability of the plastic cards is fully addressed.”
The LTO added in their report that the public will be notified of the availability of the plastic cards through a notice at all licensing centres, district offices and licence renewal centres.
The notice, at offices listed, will include a telephone hotline number so everyone can check on the status of their licence.
LTO also said that the shortage of plastic materials used in producing cards is the reason for the shortage and delay.