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New LTO plates out in April

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will start issuing new standardized license plates for registered motor vehicles and motorcycles this April.

After months of delay, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has finally ordered the joint venture of Power Plates Development Concepts, Inc. and J. Knieriem BVPower Plates (PPI-JKG) to proceed with the supply and delivery of plates for the LTO.

In a notice to proceed dated February 17, 2014, PPI-JKG was instructed to commence the delivery of 5,236,439 pairs of motor vehicle plates and 9,968,017 pairs of motorcycle plates under the LTO license plate standardization program.

The five-year project was supposed to commence last September if not for the delay in issuing the multi-year obligational authority for the contract by the the Department of Budget and Management.

DoTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the release of the new standardized plates will eventually phase out the nine different license plate editions that are currently in use since 1981. (Kris Bayos)