Plate number change to affect 226,502 vehicles in Zampen PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:55

The Plate Standardization Program of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) through the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will result to the change of numbered plates for the some 226,500 motor vehicles so far registered here in Zamboanga Peninsula.

LTO-9 Director Aminola Abaton said that all existing numbered plates attached to motor vehicles including in motorcycles will be changed for new ones under the Plate Standardization Program.

Abaton said the project was already bid out to the contractor and the implementation of the change of numbered plates will be in place before the end of this year.

The implementation of the Plate Standardization Program was supposed to start in January of this year along with the implementation of the Helmet Law.

However, this did not materialized because of the delay in the bidding out of the fabrication of the plates.

Abaton said this delay is just temporary because the law is already enacted and the DOTC is set to implement it.

He explained that the new plates will be of the same sizes and design for all motor vehicles.

The numbering of the plates will also protect motor vehicles from being easily disposed of if stolen.

The plates are well designed that replacing the plates of stolen vehicles will be next to impossible because of patented screws that can be removed only by LTO special wrenches, which in the first place will be the one to install the plates in the units.

Abaton said that record of the Anti-Carnapping Units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed that at least 84 motor vehicles have already been stolen since the start of the year.

Abaton said the new numbered plates will facilitate the identification of stolen vehicles because of its centralized numbering system in the agency. LAM/TPG/FMSANTOS/PJN