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Congress Transport Committee questions LTO over drivers license cards
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) appeared in Congress recently to answer a few questions from members of the Committee on Transportation about the printing contract for the five-year validity driver's license cards and the security features of these cards.
Rep. Noel L. Villanueva (3rd District, Tarlac) asked the LTO why the current contract couldn't be amended to accommodate the longer-term card instead of creating two contracts for the three-year validity and the five-year validity license cards, which can be more expensive.
LTO chief Edgar Galvante said that the cost of printing cards within the three-year validity alone is PHP 187.08 million. Based on this, Rep. Villanueva estimated that the driver's license card project will cost more than PHP 800 million. This also includes the current backlog of driver's license as well as the fresh batch of five-year validity license cards.
When asked by committee vice-chairman Rep. Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento (1st District, Samar) about security features of both cards, Galvante presented samples of the PVC cards which costs Php 67 and the polycarbonate card priced at Php 100 each.
The PVC card uses a barcode, is malleable and only lasts for three years while the polycarbonate card can last up to 10 years and will come with a microchip for higher security.
The answer to the congressman's question is a simple 'no'. The cost of License cards are passed on to applicants. However, the problem here really lies in re-encoding license transactions already done, which will be more expensive along with Php 33 more for the new polycabonate cards.
The LTO charges a fee of Php 350 for license renewals for both Non-Professional and Professional holders. Apart from these, the agency also penalizes late renewals at Php 75, Php 150 and Php 225 for delinquencies of one, two or three years, respectively. There is also a computer fee of Php 67.63 for encoding of data into the LTO server.
Currently, there is a three million of backlog of driver's license cars and that excludes the 1.033 million backlog of the five-year validity cards which cost a total of PHP 103,353,800. With this, the LTO's obligation to the motoring public to about PhP 201 million in license cards out of the PhP 1.05 billion collected for the three-year validity license transactions.
LTO said that the initial production of the five-year validity license card will be done by March.