5-year driver’s license to be issued starting Nov. 7 in Region 1

DAGUPAN CITY — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will start to issue driver’s license with five-year validity in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Oct. 10 and Nov. 7 in Region 1.

This was bared by Glorioso Daniel Martinez, LTO chief in Urdaneta City in Pangasinan, at the sideline of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum in Dagupan City on Thursday.

He said those who will be issued driver’s license valid for five years will pay Php 585, plus Php67.73 as payment for the identification card.

In the current driver’s license valid for one year, the holder pays Php 350, plus the regular ID fee of Php 67.63.

He surmised the reason the five-year validity for driver’s license was enforced is to help people avoid queuing which could contribute to the daily traffic bottlenecks along the highways.

But Martinez believes that as long as there are processes to be observed, queuing could not be avoided.

At the same time, Martinez announced that the Anti-Distraction Driving Act passed into law by Congress will soon be enforced throughout the country, which will prohibit drivers from texting or using their cellphones when driving.

He said with its Internal Rules and Regulations (IRRs) Regulations yet to be formulated, the new law will soon be implemented to further curb accidents along the highways.

Another salient feature of the new law is the setting up of the speed limit for certain types of vehicles like close vans, school vans and others where violators will be fined Php 5, 000 for the first offense, Php 10,000 for second offense, Php15,000; Php20,000 and revocation of driver’s license for two years for fourth offense. PNA-northboundasia.com