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The announcement that the Anti-distracted Driving Act will finally be enforced this week (today actually!) was met with a lot of questions from drivers, especially those that use navigation apps and other gadgets such as dash cameras.  If you read our previous article on this topic or have seen the news articles in the internet, you already have an idea of the exorbitant fees that will be charged anyone caught violating the law.  Quite obviously, the clamor for answers and clarifications was driven by the rather shocking fees you will have to pay if you so much as looked at your beeping phone while sitting behind the wheel.

We ran a research to find out what the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has to say about these questions.  We hope the following details gathered from the internet will help clear things out and set every driver’s mind at ease.

1.On the use of navigation apps installed on smartphones.

Question: Does this mean I could no longer use navigation apps while driving?

Answer: According to the LTO, drivers are still allowed to use these smartphone-based apps provided:

  • The driver sets the app BEFORE driving.
  • Uses a speaker to listen to the directions instead of looking at the smartphone screen.
  • Pulls over if he needs to reset his destination.

2. On the use of a mobile phone mount.

Question: Are mobile phone mounts included in the prohibitions?

Answer: No, for as long as the phone and the mount do not obstruct the driver’s view.

3. On the use of dash cameras.

Question: Should I now get rid of my dashcam?

Answer: Dashcams are allowed.  Just place it behind the rearview mirror so that, again, it does not obstruct the driver’s line of sight.

4. On the use of earphones while driving.

Question: Earphones are hands-free devices, am I allowed to use this while driving?

Answer: Yes but only to make or receive calls.  You should not use it to listen to music while on the road.

5. On heavily tinted cars whose drivers think they can “get away with it”.

Question: How will they know I’m using my mobile, they can’t see me!

Answer: This just in: The Department of Transportation now uses high-definition cameras that can detect light coming from devices inside heavily tinted cars.  Plus, enforcers are well-trained to distinguish if a driver is distracted by merely observing the car’s movement.

The law covers public and private vehicles, including bicycles, motorcycles, motorcycle taxis, “kalesas” or any other animal-driven wagons or carts.  Yes, no one is exempted, not even vehicles owned by the government.  According to the LTO Chief, violators can raise their contentions during the hearing at the LTO.  That simply means that enforcers will not let erring drivers slide and skedaddle without a violation ticket, no questions asked.

There you have it!  If you have other questions, feel free to post it here and we’ll try our best to dig deeper and find the answers for you.

Have a safe trip!

Reference: www.cnnphilippines.com

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If your vehicle spews dark, toxic fumes, you should be apprehended by a Land Transportation Office (LTO) deputy wearing a green ID, while a UV Express conveying passengers in areas that are not within its designated route should be apprehended by one wearing a blue ID.

And so goes the most recent project of the LTO in yet another attempt to instill discipline and order in day-to-day traffic in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

The LTO deputized officers from the DENR, DPWH, and the Highway Patrol Group to deal with specific road violations and issue the corresponding sanctions.  Each deputy officer is issued a color-coded ID that will clearly identify the agency he represents and the violations covered by his jurisdiction.  It is also an added means to ensure that the officer apprehending a driver or vehicle owner is duly authorized by the LTO.  This is in light of recent reports where drivers plying Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares are apprehended by individuals posing as officers from the HPG or LTO.  These encounters often result to extortion and harassment especially among female drivers.

What do the colors mean?

a. Orange ID cards

These are worn by personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).  They are tasked to call out drivers with overloaded vehicles.

b. Green ID cards

These are worn by deputized officers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and are tasked to apprehend smoke-belchers.

c. Blue ID cards

These are for Highway Patrol Group officers as well as MMDA deputies who are on the lookout for franchise violators.

d. White ID cards.

An officer bearing a white ID card is an LTO personnel who is authorized to apprehend drivers for all traffic violations.

The public is encouraged to cooperate in the government’s effort to instill discipline on the road by proactively asking for the officer’s ID when apprehended.  Deputized personnel should not be implementing rules except for the color they are assigned to.  Should a driver be issued a traffic ticket that is beyond the designation of the issuing officer, LTO’s system will be alerted and the officer’s privileges will be revoked.

Already, this move by the LTO has received numerous negative reactions from the public.  Drivers are calling for an awareness campaign from the government to help them become more familiar with the color codes.

Do you agree with the color-coded IDs of LTO traffic deputies?  Let us know what you think!



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All car owners are required by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to secure a Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL) insurance upon registering their car.

Some questions that most first-time vehicle owners ask about CTPL are:

  • Why do I need a CTPL?
  • Who are covered by the CTPL?  Who is the ‘third party’?
  • Is the basic CTPL from the LTO enough to cover our car insurance needs?
  • How is the CTPL different from a comprehensive car insurance?

To help us appreciate the value of maintaining a CTPL insurance for our vehicles, below are the details of its benefits and why the government mandates that all vehicles be covered with one.

  1. A CTPL protects ‘third parties’ from the possible damages that may arise from an accident involving the insured vehicle.  A car cannot be without this type of insurance coverage as it is required by law.
  2. ‘Third parties’, as defined under Section 373, Chapter VI of the Insurance Code of the Philippines, are the following:
    • Any person other than a passenger;
    • Not a member of the household, or a member of the family within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity of the vehicle owner;
    • Not his employee in respect to death, bodily injury, or damage to property arising out of and in the course of employment.
    • The vehicle owner’s friends and other persons who are not his relatives but are riding in his car are considered third parties, not passengers.
    • A ‘third party’ may either be inside or outside your car.
    • A passenger of a public utility vehicle becomes a ‘third party’ the moment he alights from the vehicle.
  3. ‘Passengers’ are defined the Insurance Code of the Philippines as:
    • Any fare paying person being transported and conveyed in and by a motor vehicle for transportation of passengers for compensation;
    • Persons expressly authorized by law or by the vehicle’s operator or his agent to ride without fare;
  4. The CTPL covers the car owner’s legal responsibility over the third party’s injury or death resulting from an accident involving the insured vehicle.  This means that the insurance will provide immediate financial assistance to the victim and his dependents while discharging the vehicle owner from liabilities.  All these shall be provided for regardless of the car owner’s financial capacity.  The current CTPL coverage is Php 100,000.00.
  5. Comprehensive car insurances have wider coverage than CTPL.  It includes insurance against damages and liabilities caused by collisions, fire, acts of God or nature, personal accident insurance of the passenger, and car theft.  Some insurances provide financial assistance for car repairs, regular maintenance check-ups, and roadside assistance.  It also costs more to acquire a comprehensive car insurance; it is optional, not mandated by law.

Make sure that your CTPL policy is genuine and updated.  Avoid entrusting your car registration documents to fixers and individuals posing as liaison officers for the LTO.  This is one important errand you need to get done personally to be sure that your vehicle is properly and legitimately registered and provided with a CTPL insurance.





No Garage No Car

Lawmakers are pushing for the passing and implementation of the “Proof-of-Parking Space Act” that is deemed to help Metro Manila’s worsening problem on traffic congestion.  Under this law, an individual will be required to present a proof of parking space before he can purchase a vehicle. Existing car owners will have to do the same when they have their cars registered at the Land Transportation Office.

The Situation

The side streets and narrow alleyways in Manila turn into car park areas when vehicle owners arrive home from work at night.  Two-way lanes turn into one-way streets shared by private and public vehicles during the early morning rush hours.  A 10-minute drive down an alley would take 20 to 30 minutes as you try to maneuver your way out of the clogged street, being careful not to break side mirrors jutting out of parked vehicles on both sides.  Alternate routes that are supposed to help decongest traffic build-ups in main thoroughfares are choked with vehicles that could neither move forward nor turn back because of very limited space.

The Issues

The public is divided on this topic; it is unpopular among families renting apartments and those staying in condominiums that have limited parking spaces.  It also raises an issue on the overall car sales industry in the country as regulations on purchasing a vehicle are expected to be more rigid if only to uphold the law.

What is your take on this bill?  Are you in favor of its implementation?






The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) re-implemented the No Contact Traffic Apprehension Policy last April 15, 2016.  This approach in monitoring traffic flow and violations in Metro Manila utilizes CCTV cameras and other gadgets to identify drivers that go against traffic rules in Metro Manila.  Violators are issued summons from the MMDA through personal service of an MMDA personnel, registered mail, or courier service.  When the vehicle owner receives the summon or violation notice, he has to settle the fine at the MMDA main office or through any of MMDA’s payment centers.

Here is a step-by-step process on how to settle your MMDA Traffic Violation:

1. If your violation notice has not exceeded 7 days yet, you may pay your fine at the nearest Metrobank branch or any of the following MMDA payment centers below:

  • Meralco Complex – Gate 2, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City
  • Pinagkamaligan, Tanay – MA Roxas St., Brgy. Pinagkamaligan (beside Meralco Office)
  • Tropical Hut Taytay – Ortigas Ave., Ext., Corner E. Rodriguez Ave., Taytay, Rizal
  • Ever Commonwealth
  • Gulod Novaliches – 873 Quirino Hi-way (beside Meralco Nova).
  • Pritil, Tondo – Juan Luna St., (beside Puregold Pritil), Tondo, Manila
  • Cangatba, Porac – Cangatba (back of Municipal Hall of Porac), Porac, Pampanga
  • Ultra Mega Paliparan – Paliparan Road (inside Ultra Mega Supermarket), Dasmarinas, Cavite
  • Zapote Arcade – beside Puregold Zapote, corner Quirino, Zapote Road.
  • Romacom, Muntinlupa – Romacom Bldg., (beside PNB Poblacion), Muntinlupa City

2. If your violation notice has exceeded 7 days, you need to proceed to the MMDA Redemption Office located at Edsa cor. Orense St., Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.  Pay your clearance fee at Window 1.

3. If you have more than 3 unpaid violations, you need to attend the Traffic Academy and secure a Certificate of Attendance before you can pay the total amount of your accumulated violations.

4. For any disputes or contentions on your violation notice, you may proceed to the MMDA Traffic Adjudication Division.

Before proceeding to the MMDA office or before making any payments, make sure that the violation was issued by an MMDA enforcer.  Check with a local traffic enforcer.

Violators who refuse to pay their fines, in spite of receiving a Final Notice from the MMDA, will not be allowed to renew their vehicle’s registration.  The violator and details of the vehicle will also be included in the Alarm List and will be reported to LTO.

Source:  http://www.mmda.gov.ph/index.php/20-faq/293-procedure-in-settling-your-mmda-issued-traffic-violations


Motorcycle Ban

Noong 2015, nai-report na sa kabuuan ng mga road traffic accidents sa buong bansa, 53% ay mga Motorcycle Riders, pangatlo lamang sa listahan ang mga 4-wheeled vehicle drivers.

Nangyayari ang mga aksidente sa mga motorsiklo kahit na may mga naipatupad nang batas para sa road safety tulad ng speed limit, pag-gamit ng helmets, pagbabawal magmaneho sa mga naka-inom ng alak, at pagbabawal mag-angkas ng maliliit na bata.  Ngunit kahit na may mga ganitong batas nang ipinatupad, mapapansin na hindi ito mahigpit na ini-implement at marami pa din ang nakakalusot at lumalabag sa mga ito.  Ang resulta, napakataas na bilang ng mga motorcycle-related road accidents sa lahat ng panig ng bansa.

Marami ang nahihikayat na bumili ng motorsiklo bilang personal na transportasyon dahil matipid ito sa gas, mabilis kang maihahatid sa iyong pupuntahan, at mura ang monthly amortization.  Ngunit kasama sa pagmamaneho nito ang risk o peligro sa kalsada, lalo na sa mga “freeway” tulad ng Edsa at Commonwealth Avenue.

Sa kanyang panayam sa Bandila noong Miyerkules, July 6, 2016, sinabi ni LTO Chief Edgar Galvante na sang-ayon siya sa pag-babawal ng mga motorsiklo sa mga highway sa bansa.  Kung maipapatupad ang planong ito, hindi na maaaring gumamit ng mga national highways ang mga motorsiklo tulad ng Edsa, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon Avenue, at iba pang main thoroughfares sa Manila at iba pang mga bayan at siyudad.

Sang-ayon ka ba sa idea na ipagbawal na ang mga motorsiklo sa mga main highways?  Bakit o bakit hinde?

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/nation/metro-manila/07/05/16/lto-chief-gustong-ipagbawal-ang-motorsiklo-sa-mga-highway


Validity Extension

If you’ve ever lined up to get your driver’s license and passport renewed, you pretty much have an idea how these processes can take up so much of your schedule.  Both are needed in order to perform mundane tasks such as driving yourself to work and your children to school, or traveling for business or leisure.  And because of that, you have no choice but to go through the renewal processes, at least once every five years.

The incoming administration is reportedly considering the extension of the validity periods of Passports and Driver’s Licenses — from the short period of five years for passports and three years for driver’s licenses, to 10 years for both.

According to recent reports, the idea stemmed from the public’s clamor for means to save on time, effort, and money when processing the renewal of these IDs.  The DFA also considered the fact that the U.S. Embassy now grants 10-year multiple entry visas to Pinoy applicants and thus, it is but fitting to make passports valid for the same period for the traveler’s convenience.

The public is forewarned that should the idea progress and be implemented soon, they can expect additional costs on the processing of the said IDs.  A 10-year passport validity would mean more pages (from 44 pages to 60 pages) and that would entail cost.

Are you in favor of this proposal or would you rather retain the current validity periods for passports and driver’s licenses?

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/nation/06/28/16/duterte-admin-eyes-longer-validity-for-passports-licenses



Kaskaserong driver?  Mabilis na metro ng taxi?  Ayaw magbaba sa tamang hintuan?  Ngayon, may mapag susumbungan na tayo!

Ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ay nag lunsad ng kanilang 24 x 7 hotline na maaaring tawagan sa pamamagitan ng landline at mobile phones.  At dahil may mobile numbers sila, maaari din silang tumanggap ng text messages at Viber messages.  Maaaring magpadala ng mga litrato (tulad ng mga banggaan, aksidente sa daan, o ng mga driver mismo na nais ireklamo.)  Ang serbisyong ito ay available nationwide.

Lahat ng reklamo sa mga pampublikong sasakyan tulad ng jeepney, UV Express, taxi, bus, at iba pa ay maaari nang itawag o i-text sa kanilang hotline numbers.  Ito ay tutugunan ng mga authorized representatives ng LTFRB, araw man o gabi.

Ang Proseso ng LTFRB

Ang unang aalamin ng LTFRB representative ay kung payag bang mag attend ng hearing ang nagrereklamo.  Kung payag sila, ipadadala ng LTFRB ang kanilang complaint sa Legal Division para ma-isyuhan ng summon ang inireklamong driver, ang operator ng sasakyang minamaneho nito, at ang nagreklamong pasahero.  Sakali naman na hindi makapag commit ang nagreklamong pasahero na siya ay makaka attend ng hearing, padadalhan ng Show Cause Order (SCO) ang inireklamong driver para mabigyan siya ng pagkakataong maipaliwanag kung bakit hindi siya dapat maparusahan dahil sa nai-report na violation.

Hinihikayat ng gobyerno ang kooperasyon ng mga mamayan na gamitin ang mga hotline numbers para i-report ang mga PUV drivers na mapang abuso sa mga commuters at hindi sumusunod sa mga batas trapiko.  Sinisiguro ng LTFRB na ang kanilang mga linya ay bukas ano mang oras at may sasagot na operator na handang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan sa daan.

Narito ang mga numero na maaari nating tawagan:

Landline callers within Metro Manila: 1342

Landline callers outside Metro Manila: 02-1342

Smart/Sun/Talk ‘n Text: 0998-550-1342

Globe and TM: 0917-550-1342

Source: http://www.gov.ph/2015/09/16/247-ltfrb-hotline-launched/


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Driving is a skill that every citizen must possess.  You can go to a driving school to learn or be mentored by a parent or a relative.  In my case, I learned from my friends who would sneak out of their homes in the dead of the night, pushing their parents’ trusty sedans ever so silently out of the garage.  We would practice in subdivisions and vacant lots until the wee hours of the morning.  My parents were shocked to find out I could drive at the age of 16, and how!  Nevertheless, they took me to LTO to secure my Student Permit and my dad took over teaching me how to drive – the responsible way.

Are you itching to get your hands on that steering wheel?  Well, wait no more.  If you are at least 16 years old, you may apply for your very own Student’s Permit and begin learning how to drive in no time.

Here’s how:

  1. Qualifications
    • Must be at least sixteen (16) years old.
    • Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle.
    • Must be able to read and write in English and Filipino.
  2. Documentary Requirements
    • Properly accomplished Application for Driver’s License.  You may download a copy of the form here and fill it out with the correct information before proceeding to the LTO.
    • Original and photocopy of your PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt.
    • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  3. Procedure
    • Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a Driver’s License Application Form (Or download the form and fill out prior to your visit to LTO.  Bring the accomplished copy when you visit LTO).  Secure a queue number and wait for your number to be called.  In some cases, they will announce your name and the window number where you need to proceed; pay attention and avoid wearing your earphones or talking on the phone while waiting for your name to be called.
    • When your number is called, proceed to the evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
    • Proceed to the photo taking/signature area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.
    • Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called to pay the necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.
    • Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called and present the Official Receipt and claim the Student Driver’s Permit.
  4. Fees and Charges
    • Student Permit (SP) Fee                Php 150.00
    • Application Fee                                Php 100.00
    • Computer Fee                                   Php 67.63
    • TOTAL                                                  Php 317.63

You may apply for your Student’s Permit at any Licensing Center or District Office with Driver’s License transactions.

Remember that even if you have a Student’s Permit to drive, you need to be accompanied by a regular driver’s license holder every time you operate a motor vehicle.  You must never go out driving on your own.



Here are some Frequently Asked Questions on VLP

Q: How much is the cost of the vanity license plate?
A: Three categories are proposed:
Limited Edition, floor price P50,000.00 by public auction
Premium Edition P15,000.00 fixed cost
Select Edition P10,000.00 fixed cost

Q: How long can we secure the vanity plate?
A: Assuming that all documentation are in order, a five (5) working days
within Metro Manila. In the provinces it might take a little longer.

Q: Where can we apply for a vanity license plate?
A: All motorists may apply for the vanity license plates at LTO, Central Office,
MID-Computer Section, East Avenue, Quezon City. Eventually, you can
apply at any LTO Regional/District Office, or at this Website. Procedures
will be posted later.

Q: Will duplicate alpha numeric combination be allowed?
A: Available alpha-numeric combination shall only be issued one for every
motorist applicant. It will be on a first come first serve basis. No repetition
or duplicate will be allowed.

Q: In the event that a vanity plate is destroyed, vandalized or lost, how
can I get a replacement?

A: Legally, this will be replaced by the same alpha numeric combination after
payment of a replacement fee. However, the motorist shall be given an
alternative to replace his alpha numeric combination upon payment of the
required fee, the cost of which shall be based on new vanity plate. The
old vanity plate shall already be placed on alarm/storage and can no
longer be re-issued.

Q: If I still have a valid commemorative plate, can I avail of the vanity
license plate?

A: No, If you did not disclose that you have a valid commemorative plate and
you install the vanity plate at the rear of the motor vehicle as prescribed,
your vanity plate and commemorative plate might be confiscated and a
fine will be imposed if caught.

Q: Can a foreigner acquire or secure a vanity plate for souvenir?
A: No, the issuance of Vanity License Plate is limited only in the Philippines
and can only be issued to a motorist with a registered motor vehicle.

Q: Can I give the vanity plate as gift?
A: Yes, provided that the recipient of the gift is a registered owner of a motor

Q: I bought a new motor vehicle but was not yet issued a license plate,
can I avail of the vanity plate?

A: No, vanity license plate can only be issued to a motorist with a registered
motor vehicle already issued a regular LTO license plate.

Q: Can I reserve my favorite vanity plate number?
A: Yes, a payment in the amount of P1,000.00 shall be collected as
reservation fee valid only for 30 days. If unclaimed after 30 days, the said
amount shall be subject to forfeiture in favor of the government.

Source: http://www.lto.gov.ph/Requirements/vlp_faq.aspx

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