Senator Ralph Recto filed a bill on Tuesday calling for the extension of the validity of driver’s licenses and car registrations, according to a report by InterAksyon.com.
The Senate Minority Leader filed Senate Bill No. 271, which seeks to amend Republic Act No. 4136 and Batas Pambansa Bilang 398, in order to extend the validity period of a driver’s license from three years to five years. Student permits will not be covered by the extension.
“It will not be an unconditional permit to drive for five years. Rules allow for early disenfranchisement if the holder is a serial violator of traffic rules,” Recto added.
Recto said that a provision lengthening the validity of vehicle registrations could be included in the bill. Citing proposals from many sectors and social media clamor, Recto said that the validity of new private vehicles’ registrations could be extended from three years to four years. After the initial registration, follow-up registrations can be done every two years, instead of the yearly requirement.
“This will spare car owners from making an annual pilgrimage to LTO offices. This yearly requirement to register is an almost 100-year-old rule.” Recto remarked.