The Philippines Land Transportation Office (LTO) said yesterday that it will release a long list of car dealerships in the country that are telling their customers that no car plates are available – when in fact they are.
“The public deserves to know if their car dealerships are shortchanging them. We will release lists of delinquent dealers in the coming weeks to show which ones aren’t fulfilling their promises to their customers,” Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said.
LTO chief Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan, Jr. said these dealers are telling customers that the LTO does not have new plates, “when in fact, they’re the ones who aren’t fulfilling their services.”
The DOTC and LTO said some car dealers know the plates are available, but mislead their customers.
“Licence plates for first-time motor vehicle registrants are available-on-demand. Yet many of these plates remain unclaimed from LTO offices,” Tan said.
The DOTC and the LTO will release the lists of dealerships in the next few weeks – but many are asking the question “why just car dealers,” when in fact the motorcycle dealers are the worst abusers of the system.
“For owners of new motor vehicles whose dealers tell them that the LTO is not ready with new plates: come to our offices so you can claim them yourselves. Your license plates are ready at your place of registration,” Tan said.
The new plates are part of the LTO’s Licence Plate Standardisation Program, which will phase out the nine existing designs currently in use over the next two years.