By Chito Chavez
With calls for the immediate modernization and automation of the process registering vehicles are mounting, a former Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief insisted that it is very urgent to promote transparency in the agency.
Bert Suansing, former LTO assistant secretary and now an official at the Toll Regulatory Board and a leader of a nongovernment organization espousing road safety, said government should seriously consider the proposals of various sectors for the LTO.
The Philippine Road Board also pushed for the modernization and automation plan for LTO to expedite the release of funds for the rehabilitation and maintenance of roads and bridges nationwide, and the car registration to be online.
He noted that the online car registration would also simplify the procedure, thereby reducing red tape and expedite transactions with the agency.
The resolution said LTO has been surrounded by allegations of corruption, irregularities and modus operandi in performing its mandate of registering motor vehicles and issuing driver’s license.
However, in reality the publicspend an average of two to four days to register a motor vehicle due to inefficiency and inadequacy of LTO employees and facilities.
The Road Board is collecting about P1 billion a month from LTO.
Every time car owners register their motor vehicles, a large portion from the total fee goes to the MVUC otherwise known as the Road User’s Tax.
MVUC collections are earmarked exclusively for road maintenance including the improvement of road drainage, the installation of adequate and efficient road safety devices and air pollution.
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