A Note About Licensing a Vehicle in the Philippines

When my wife and I purchased our new Honda Beat, we assumed that we were paying all of the require taxes and fees associated with the purchase of the new scooter. We were wrong.

Upon paying cash for the scooter “Cheng” at Honda Motor World in Cebu City told us that the License plate would arrive in about three weeks. We had to pay for “A Conduction Permit” which allowed us to drive the scooter on the streets of Cebu for seven days. The cost of this permit, as well as an insurance rider that is also required, cost us an additional 500 Peso’s.

At the end of the seven days, we returned to the Honda Motor World dealer and were told we had to purchase an additional Conduction Permit for another seven days. The problem is that the Philippine Land Transportation Office is “Off line” for days at a time and during the time that they are off line, no one can get anything done regarding their vehicle registration or licensing.

We were forced to drive our new scooter all over Cebu for days without a Conduction Permit because of the inefficiency of the Philippine Government.

If by chance we were stopped by a police officer and it was found that we did not have a current conduction permit, our new scooter would have been impounded and we would have to pay a 5,000 Peso penalty plus a fee to get our scooter released from their impound yard.

All this because the Philippine Land Transportation Office does not allow the Honda dealer to issue a purchaser of a new Motorcycle a temporary permit to drive for the 30 days or so that it takes for LTO to get the license plates to you by mail.

It is during moments such as this that you will realize that this is why they define the Philippines as a “Third World Country”. They refuse to adapt the reasonable and efficient ways of conducting business that developed countries use because of greed, corruption and ignorance.

When I logged on to the Land Transportation Web site for the Philippines I discovered that in all of the links for dozens of categories on the web site, they all linked to the exact same page with the exact same information which was meaningless and useless.

I clicked on their link to send an email with a comment or suggestion and the link came back “Non Functional”.

The problem is that those in authority in the Philippines do not think that it is important to develop procedures that are efficient and helpful. They prefer to make a customer who purchased a new vehicle, come back twice a week to get a conduction permit and pay an additional 500 Peso’s.

If they simply charged the customer the fee for the 30 day permit when they purchased the motorcycle, as they do in the United States of other developed countries, then all the work required by the dealer staff and the customer in requiring them to come back over and over again, could be eliminated.

Sometimes when you are living in the Philippines and trying to conduct business, you feel like you are living in the days of the cave man. As long as these types of unfair and unreasonable procedures exist in the Philippines I will write and inform the consumer so that perhaps someone will take notice and make changes to this archaic method of registering new vehicles in the Philippines.