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Quezon City, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) today announced it is extending the deadline for motor vehicle registration in the National Capital Region (NCR) for plates ending in 1 from January 31 until February 3, 2018

"The LTO is extending the period for vehicle registration with license plates ending in 1 to accommodate the deluge of vehicle owners who want to register their vehicles on time," LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said.

The LTO chief emphasized, "With the extension, we advice vehicle registrants not to wait for the last day of vehicle registration to avoid inconvenience."

Galvante added, "We also wish to remind motor vehicle owners not to patronize unathorized individuals or 'fixers' who will take advantage of the registration period."

According to LTO-National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto, the LTO-NCR has been experiencing a huge number of vehicle registrations the past few days.

"Vehicle owners are lining up to beat the January 31 deadline to avoid penalty. LTO-NCR has been experiencing long queues at the actual vehicle inspection stage of registration. We want to give these vehicle owners a chance to comply with the requirement for registration," Atty. Guinto explained.

Late registration carries a surcharge of PhP200 per week and a fine of 50% of the user charge in a month. On the other hand, an unregistered motor vehicle will cost the vehicle owner Php10,000 under Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01.

Atty. Guinto also said that companies with vehicle fleets of at least 30 units are encouraged to contact the LTO-NCR to arrange for garage inspection.

According to Atty. Guinto, companies may contact LTO-NCR Operations Officer Mr. Hans Lim at cellphone number (0917) 8298142.

In addition, the LTO reiterates that private vehicle owners should have their vehicle inspected at their district extension, while public utility vehicles (PUVs) at the East Avenue office.

For emission tests, private vehicle owners are expected to go to Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs), while PUVs have the option to avail of the services of PETCs or the LTO emission testing site.

The LTO-NCR expects around 200,000 renewal of motor vehicle registration this January. As of January 29, 2018, the regional office has noted renewal transactions at 193,793 or 96%.

Atty. Guinto further said that the LTO-NCR will be enhancing its capability to conduct actual vehicle inspections to prevent a repeat of the long queues experienced along East Avenue in Quezon City where the motor vehicle inspection is being conducted.

"The LTO-NCR will soon be conducting a 3-shift, 8-hour per shift schedule to accommodate the large number of registrants. Thus, we need motor vehicle inspectors as additional manpower. The LTO-NCR is already coordinating with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to get a referral for graduates of automotive mechanics who may be hired for the position. We are also inviting graduates of automotive-related courses who have the experience and training to apply as motor vehicle inspectors.." Atty. Guinto said.