After passports and licenses, longer validity eyed for car registration

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After passports and licenses, longer validity eyed for car registration
Instead of mandating the yearly registration of private vehicles in the country, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says this can be done every two years instead

 

MANILA, Philippines – Following proposals to lengthen the validity period of passports and drivers’ licenses, a senator wants the same done for motor vehicle registration.

Instead of mandating the yearly registration of some 8 million motor vehicles in the country, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said this can be done every two years instead.

The registration of new private vehicles, meanwhile, can be made valid up to 4 years instead of the current 3 years.

“This will spare car owners from making an annual pilgrimage to [the Land Transportation Office]. This yearly requirement to register is an almost 100-year-old rule. Many new developments – in technology, engineering, legal rules – had happened since,” the senator said.

But Recto clarified that the extended validity period should apply only to private vehicles because franchises or for-hire vehicles need to undergo annual inspections  to ensure public safety.

The senator said the propoed longer validity period for car registrations can be included in Senate Bill No. 271, which seeks to extend the validity period of a driver’s license to 5 years.

In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte has also shown his support for the proposal. He said the government is eyeing to stretch the validity of drivers’ licenses 5 from 3 years, and passports to 10 years instead of the current 5.

Recto, however, said that the 5-year-validity period for drivers’ licenses will not apply to new licenses and student permits.

“It will not be an unconditional permit to drive for 5 years. Rules allow for early disenfranchisement if the holder is a serial violator of traffic rules,” Recto said.

The senator had earlier called for the extension of the validity of drivers’ licenses and car registration, calling it the “best anti-red tape app.” – Rappler.com

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