Policy on unregistered car sale must be clear, Poe tells LTO

While the intention of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to penalize the unregistered sale or mortgage of vehicles is laudable, Sen. Grace Poe said that it must have a clear policy for a polished execution.

"The agency needs to ensure that the systems are in place for a smooth rollout of the policy," Poe said in a statement on Friday, May 31.

This was after LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II said in a radio interview on  Radyo 630 that they would come up with a memorandum on the new policy.

He emphasized that the sale of vehicles must be registered with the LTO, adding that the unregistered sale will be met with a corresponding penalty.

Mendoza mentioned that this will be done online to make the introductory process easier for vehicle owners.

Poe said dedicated personnel must be ready to attend to vehicle owners who will personally file the sale. 

The senator added that an online system of registration that is interconnected in all LTO offices should be available for easier transactions.

"Sa dami ng klase ng violations na ipinapataw ng LTO sa ngayon, baka magkapatong-patong na ang penalties ng ating mga kababayan kung kulang sa paghahanda (With the different types of violations being implemented by LTO now, the penalties of the people may pile up if there's no proper preparation)," she said.

"Hindi kailangang magpadalos-dalos sa mga polisiya.  Mas mahalaga na maayos at subok na ang sistema bago ipatupad (There's no need to rush the policies. It's better that it's clear and has been tested with the system before being enforced)," she added.