A lawmaker is questioning the basis of the Land Transportation Office for a driver’s education requirement for applicants seeking to renew their licenses.
He is urging both the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTO to remove such requirement.
MANILA, Philippines — Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez calls the LTO driver’s education requirement for license renewal “unnecessary” that he filed a resolution, House Resolution No. 2325, that explains how such requirement is so unnecessary and that it would only cost Filipinos additional expense.
He said it could also be “another source of red tape and harassment”.
The deputy speaker said there is no provision in Republic Act No. 10930 that states that a certificate of driver’s education is required for a license renewal.
“The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the spring cannot rise higher than its source and implementing rules must conform to the language of the law,” Rodriguez included in the bill.
“This will be an additional expense for the Filipino people, which is an added burden especially during a pandemic,” he continued explaining.
He said further, that the requirement would not cost anything if done through the LTO portal, based on reports. However, fulfilling said requirement through driving schools would cost between ₱1000 to ₱3000.
All the more it prompted the lawmaker to look closely.
“There is a need to look into this as the LTO needs to explain this unnecessary burden to the driving public. The LTO needs to properly explain their basis for imposing said requirement, and they need to prove that the correct legal processes were complied with in all steps of the preparation process,” he stressed.
To repeal sections in R.A 10930 that the LTO used as basis for the requirement, Rodriguez filed another bill, House Bill 10430, to avoid confusion, he said. (RA/JuanManila)