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'Good' Drivers Can Avail of 10-Year License Soon, Says LTO

Those will clean records will be granted the license.
by Clara Rosales
Aug 25, 2020
Photo/s: Leandre Grecia
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Motorists with "clean records" with the Land Transportation Office will be able to apply for licenses with a 10-year validity starting October 2021, the transportation department said Tuesday.

This applies to applicants with no violations, said LTO Chief Edgar Galvante. “For those who have clean records, you may enjoy not coming back for renewal not only for 5 years, but 10 years. This is if you are not delinquent,” he said.

A new point system will be implemented, wherein violators will accumulate demerits for every violation, while drivers with good standing can acquire incentives.

There are 5 classifications and corresponding demerit points: 5 points for “grave” violations, 3 points for “less grave” violations, and 1 point for “light” violations.

Examples of grave violations include driving a motor vehicle in the commission of a crime, operating a colorum vehicle, and driving under the influence. Galvante said less grave or light violations could also be considered grave if committed repeatedly.

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Being given 10 demerit points will result in license suspension, while acquiring 40 demerit points means a revoked license.

All the violations will be uploaded to the LTO’s system and the license holder will be informed of the violations committed. This record will serve as the basis for issuing a new license upon renewal.

“Hopefully, with this measure, mababawas-bawasan and road crashes, road or traffic incidents na nagka-cause ng injuries and even pagkamatay,” Galvante said.

(Hopefully, with this measure, road crashes will be lessened, along with road or traffic incidents that cause injuries and even death.)

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