LTO releases 600,000 car plates previously stuck with Customs

  • The LTO has started distributing 600,000 license plates
  • The license plates were turned over by the BOC to LTO after the consignee failed to pay taxes
  • The LTO admitted it has still a lot of backlogs despite the release of the plates

The Land Transportation Office started distributing thousands of car license plates that has been stuck in Manila International Container Terminal since last year because of unpaid tax duties.

The 600,000 license plates, which include newly registered combinations as well as replacement car plates, were turned over by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to the LTO last April 15 after consignee Dutch-Filipino consortium Knieriem BV Goes and Power Plates Development Concept Inc. (JKG-PPI) failed to pay P40 million in taxes and duties to the BOC.

The newly registered combinations were distributed to car dealers who, in turn, will distribute them to clients who purchased new cars from them.

“Oo, kami na mamamahagi ng mga plaka sa mga customers namin. Oo, matagal nang hinihintay ‘yan, last year pa,” GMA News Online quoted Noel Pornillos, a representative from Union Motors Manila Dealership, as saying.

[Yes, we’ll be the ones who will distribute the plates to our customers. Yes, they have been waiting for them since last year.]

Despite the release of the license plates, the LTO admitted that they still have a lot of backlogs because of the Commission on Audit’s (COA) Notice of Disallowance.

“Marami pa ang kulang, e hindi ito matutugunan hanggang may disallowance pa ang COA sa atin,” said Jason Salvador, LTO spokesman.

[There’s still a lot of backlogs. These cannot be addressed as long as there’s still the COA’s disallowance against us.]

According to a Senate report, LTO’s backlog has grown to almost 3 million license plates as of January 2016 since the issuance of the Notice of Disallowance by COA.

Until now, COA has not reversed its disallowance notice against LTO for alleged irregularities in the procurement transaction of the license plates contract.