by: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – “It pays to follow transportation laws, rules and regulations to avoid paying big penalties” thus said the head of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) here in Biliran province during the Kapihan at Pulong-pulong ng Bayan over Radyo Natin-Naval.
“I pity motorists who pay big penalties as high as P10,000”, Grace M. Corsido, provincial director of LTO-Biliran, referring to penalty imposed for violation of driving an unregistered motor vehicle.
Carsido strongly urged the owners of vehicles like motorcycles, private utility vehicles, public utility buses and jeepneys to register their vehicles and to renew it if it is already expired to avoid paying big penalties.
She also urged the motorists to bring always their driver’s license evertime they drive since driving without a license bears a penalty of PP3,000 plus driving unregistered vehicles bears a penalty of P10,000, based on the joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 of th Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) which LTO is part of.
Some of the common violations and their corresponding penalties under AO No. 2014-01 include failure to carry drivers license, ceritificate of registration or official receipt while driving a motor vehicle – P1,000; failure to wear the standard protective helmet or failure to require the backrider to wear the standard protetive motorcycle helmet – P1,000; failure to attach or improper attachment and tampering of authorized motor vehicle license plates or third plate sticker-P5,000.
“Our office is very much willing to extend assistance to motorists and vehicle owners in securing or renewal of driver’s license and the registration and renewal of registration of vehicles” Carsido said.
She further said that her office strictly adheres to the LTO citizen’s charter where there are time elements that are followed for the convenience and fast transaction of their clients in their office.
The lady LTO chief also proudly announced that the continued conduct of apprehensions within the area of responsiblity conducted by the LTO law enforcers have greatly help improved their performance from January to June 2015.
She reported an increase of about 170% in licensing, 125% increase in registration, 170% in law enforcement and 190% in collection.
Carsido reported that about 531 vehicles were impounded at the LTO-Biliran compound and from other assigned impounding areas here in Naval town with corresponding P15 per day storage charge per vehicle impounded. # (fj/PIA 8 Biliran)