If you understand the new LTO rules, please let me know.
I bought a new car, and dressed it up with a chrome tag cover that even says Mitsubishi on it. Then I’m told that the old US size Rizal License Tag is out the door, down the road never to be used again but before panic and pandemonium sets in, your old Rizal style tag could still be good until your car is scrapped and maybe only the new car purchases will be issued the new tag. (Note the words “Could and Maybe”) They (The Contracted Company) are after all only one year behind in production. This is how clear the new rule is.
Whoa Nelly “HOT NEWS FLASH” according to the interwebby thingy every car in the Philippine Archipelagos will be required to purchase the new style license tag even though the company making the tag can’t fulfill the requirements for the brand new cars, I’m in my 5th month using a temporary tag. But have no fear; the Philippine Congress and Senate are looking into the matter as you read this missive.
Here is a quote from Senator Recto:
” Why order the mass cancellation of 9 million motor vehicle plates?” Senator Recto further says the plan is ‘illogical’ and will only be an added burden to car owners.”
So stay tuned and see how this drama plays out in Manila.
The new tag is of a style that is very plain and without the Philippines embossed onto the tag. The new “Rule” further states that no tag covers of any type may be used on the new style tags. Which sort of makes sense since no one sells them here yet. But someone will and they will be covered no matter what the Rule states. The new tags also come with super duper mounting bolts to insure the safety of your new tag.
They are trying to stop people from obscuring the tag from view with tag cover. (Good luck with that.) See if we can understand the logic. Some nefarious people cover their tag and try to obscure the tag from public view. Okay that much I understand. But changing the style of the tag to prevent this from happening instead of just banning tag covers altogether, I don’t fully comprehend.
Paul; who is normally resistant to any and all change in any form, has already preformed the Pinoy “Shoulder Shrug” and mumbled; “C’est la vie” (Such is life). Change what you can change, and what you can’t change, forget about and open a beer!
After exhausting and fruitless web searches about this new style tag I’m more confused than ever. The reasons for the changes are not clear to me, unless those rich folk who place a Philippine tag over a Euro tag to let you know how sophisticated they are, decided they look good on their smuggled imported high end cars from Europe. You’ve also seen the Euro tag under the PH tag on Japanese cars that have never been to Europe, which is easy to tell because of the Philippine Conduction sticker on the rear window. But it seems to make the owner feel more secure about themselves, but then six or seven chrome horses on the hood would have made them feel about the same way. We’ll never know. But this is where the beer comes into play.
There is nothing on the new tag denoting that you are from or even in the Philippines, and so many people here might not know where they are, but then it does say “Philippines” on the old style Rizal tag and I met people that acted like they were still in their home country.
When I lived in Puerto Rico I also wondered why that was printed on the tag of a car that was on an island and connected to no other land mass. But that falls under the category of “Greater Minds than Mine.”
I’m really not that concerned nor do I assume that the LTO is either; I bought the car the middle of February and here it is July and I’m still driving on a temporary dealers tag and they (The LTO) has no idea when the new tag will be available. Yet I’m not at all concerned, I figure some day in the far distant future someone will call or text from Car World and inform me of my tags arrival. Or more likely as I pull in for my 100,000 Kilometer service check they will be there waiting for me with years of caked on dust.
I suggest that you (The reader) look up this new rule and take what I’ve written as the ramblings of a very confused man. But know for a fact that no matter how this new rule by the LTO plays out, not one person at the LTO will be able to explain it to you. I went there and Do-dong (The head “GUY” and a friend) could not understand the rule. We shrugged our shoulders and scratched our heads in harmony and went to get a beer together.