Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Filipino motorists have been facing many unprecedented challenges. Among these challenges is the issue of vehicle registration and its validity. Owners have expressed their desire for the government to step in by extending the validity of vehicle registrations. Now, it seems they've listened.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended the registration validity of plate numbers ending in 6 and 7. This extension now applies to the entire country after previously being announced for areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
According to the LTO, plates ending in 6 continue to be valid until August 31. While plates ending in 7 are valid until September 30. The government agency also states that it will not collect penalties and surcharges from these plate numbers until after the extension.
In May, the LTO extended registration validity for plates ending in 5 until August 31. In April, a similar extension was announced for plates ending in 3 and 4, which are valid until June 30 and July 31, respectively. Validity for plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 meanwhile had been extended until this past February only.
This recent string of extensions is due to the local quarantine restrictions put in place to battle COVID-19. The LTO is looking to avoid long lines at its offices, and imposing extensions for plate validity is perhaps the most logical option. But motorists with these plate numbers can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. This extension could be good news to many vehicle owners, as it will give them a chance to worry about more pressing matters during these trying times.
Whether or not the LTO will announce more extensions remains to be seen, but it's looking likely as there are still large parts of the country under strict quarantine restrictions.