10-year extension of license validity for drivers who have clean records

Date posted on August 21, 2020
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Land Transportation Office Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said in a briefing that drivers who strictly follow traffic rules and regulations will have a 10-year license validity extension. “Yung pagpapalawig ng ating lisensya hanggang 10 years, mangyayari ito starting October 2021 pero hindi lahat ng drivers license possessor ay makaka-enjoy nitong 10-year validity ng license lalo na kung mayroon siyang demerit point,” said Galvante.

Those with extant offenses or violations will not be eligible for the 10-year driving license. In 2019, a demerit system was implemented by the LTO. This was part of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act Number 10930 which extended the validity of drivers’ licenses, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017. Violations are classified depending on the gravity of the infraction from light which equals to 1 demerit point, less grave which is equivalent to 3 demerit points and grave which equals to 5 demerit points. Driving a motor vehicle used in the commission of a crime, driving a colorum vehicle, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, among others are grave violations.

Galvante added, “Kung ang driver ay maka-accumulate ng several demerit points during the duration of the validity of the license, maaaring magkaroon ng mga imposition of fines and penalties, which can range from suspension and even revocation of the license. Maaari ring i-require na magdaan siya sa re-orientation as a driver.”

The Assistant Secretary also said that violations of the drivers are being uploaded by the LTO in its system. The agency checks how many demerit points were accumulated when one is renewing their license. Upon renewal, demerit points are back to zero, according to the LTO.

The LTO hopes that this measure will help reduce road crashers and traffic accidents.

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