Motorists in Manila are aware by now that the Land Transportation Office does not have enough license plates to go around. So to combat this, motororists have taken to putting their conduction number in the front to identify their vehicles on the road. Since the only requirement so far has been to display the conduction number on the front, people have been using several designs to spruce up their plates, including Euro and JDM designs.
Well, say goodbye to that. The LTO has officially announced the correct and official specifications for the temporary plates. Aside from a unified font and size the new format also requres the dealerships that release brand new cars the Motor Vehicle File Number, which is generated each time a vehicle is registered and encoded with the LTO. This is a step up from just requiring the conduction number, as these are usually used for the transport of said vehicle from the port of entry or manufacture to the dealer before it’s sold to the public.
As AutoIndustriya notes, it’s not clear who will bear the burden of printing out these new temporary plates, but based on the available information it looks like vehicle dealers will be bearing the brunt of the cost, since they’ll be the ones that will be penalized.
The new rules will take effect on Feb. 15, 2017.