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LTO to issue modern
plates to stop carnapping

New vehicles will soon get “modern plates” designed to stop carnapping, a Central Visayas transport official said yesterday.

Land Transportation Office 7 Director Raul Aguilos said the agency will issue the modern number plates to new vehicles starting September 1.

Aguilos said the modern plate was designed to solve carnapping, unauthorized engine replacement, vehicle smuggling and colorum operation, among other illegal activities.

He did not disclose the security features of the new plates.

Aguilos said the modern plate number, costing P450, will be delivered within 45 days from the date of registration and valid for five years.

Aguilos said the modern plates will also be issued to old vehicles during renewal of registration starting January 1 next year. Separate modern number plates for motorcycles, costing P150, will also be issued on the day of registration.

The modern number plate is permanently assigned to a vehicle, and nobody, including the owner, is allowed to remove it except authorized LTO personnel, Aguilos said.

A modern sticker, considered as a third plate, will be issued with the modern number plate and must be placed on the vehicle windshield.

Aguilos said commemorative plates marked with "NBI," "CIDG," "Mayor," "Governor," or "PNP" are now declared illegal. He said LTO enforcers had started confiscating these illegal plates in June.

He said owners of vehicles with commemoratives plates must voluntarily remove them, or face penalties if caught.*PNA

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