The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Thursday started the distribution of new and enhanced number plates for motorcycles registered in the National Capital Region (NCR).
As of Aug. 24, the LTO-NCR has a total backlog of 1,386,895 motorcycle plates.
Of the said backlog, 235,262 motorcycle registration transactions were already forwarded to the Central Office Plate Manufacturing Plant (CO-PMP) for plate production covering CY 2018 motorcycle registration only.
Around 70,000 plates were initially received by the LTO-NCR for distribution to the respective dealer or owners of motorcycles.
The CO-PMP has the capability to manufacture 7,500 motorcycle plates per day.
The LTO stopped releasing the number plates due to the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court and notice of disallowance (ND) by the Commission on Audit in 2016. Both were lifted in 2018.
The distribution of plates, however, was further delayed as the LTO awaited the final enhanced design of the plates in compliance with the requirements of the Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019.
The enhanced design, which was finalized after the implementing rules and regulations was issued in May 2020, has new safety features, such as the RFID sticker, QR Code, and reflectorized sheeting.
According to the LTO, motorcycle robotics, a new machinery to address the backlog on motorcycle plates, will soon be available in December 2020 and it can manufacture 450 plates per hour.
The LTO-NCR also announced the launching of the “Moving Forward” project for the registration of new motorcycles next month. Under this project, the official receipt, certificate of registration, and plates of motorcycles purchased in September 2020 will be simultaneously released to the respective dealers, to cut-off the backlog on motorcycle plates.It is also in the process of updating the Plate Online Inquiry to verify the motorcycle plate availability.