The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Tuesday said it is reviewing the proposal to stamp the Official Receipt, Certificate of Registration (ORCR) on the vehicles of owners to indicate that the validity of their driver’s licenses is extended.
LTO Chief Vigor Mendoza II said his office will “study” the proposal as a measure to curb the effect of the temporary restraining order (TRO) that a local court issued against the agency in issuing new license cards to drivers.
“We are reviewing all measures that we can implement in the event that the TRO on the distribution of cards will not be lifted. All suggestions are being welcomed by the agency. As I’ve also said before, the LTO has been eyeing to shift to electronic driver’s license and of course, extending the validity of the existing licenses,” he said.
To recall a Quezon City Regional Trial Court issued a stay order against the LTO against the award of the license card supply contract.
Allcard Inc., the bidder that failed the post-qualification process for the said deal, sought the issuance of a stay order against the deal, citing “grave abuse of discretion regulating in lack or excess of jurisdiction to post disqualify petitioner Allcard, despite being the lowest calculated bidder and consequently to question the award of the contract to respondent Banner Plasticard Inc.”
Banner Plasticard Inc. won the auction in June.
To recall, Allcard was disqualified during the post-qualification process of its bid after the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Central Bids and Awards Committee (CBAC) found that it had “incurred delays in its ongoing contracts with the government.”
Mendoza said studying the proposed stamping of the ORCR on the vehicles is part of possible solutions to curb the TRO’s effects.
“Stamping the ORCR on the vehicles is part of the measures that we are studying. We will consult with the Department of Transportation on what’s the best measure so that we will no longer add burden to our drivers and motorists,” he explained.
Agri Party list Rep. Wilbert Lee earlier suggested the measure to “reduce cost on the part of the LTO.”
Mendoza said he is still optimistic that the TRO on the release of plastic driver’s license cards would soon be lifted. He said addressing the backlogs on the license cards is still “among the priorities of the agency.”
The TRO is expected to lapse today, September 6.