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LTO rally

Early last month, the Department of Transportation and Communications announced the revised traffic-violation fines and penalties to be implemented by the Land Transportation Office. In the days that followed, private motorists began realizing that many of the items contained in said revision were confusing at best and flat-out ridiculous at worst.

Two revisions are particularly alarming to car owners: the prohibition of aftermarket modification and that of the use of license-plate accessories (including frames and clear covers). Both now carry a fine of P5,000.

The topic has been brewing for a while on social media. Many car owners have posted the above "WE PROTEST" artwork on their Facebook walls. And now it has culminated in this: a so-called "National Rally at All LTO Offices" on July 4 (Friday) at 10am.

The event page, created on Facebook by a handful of private individuals, indicates that more than 2,000 people are participating as we write this. The announcement declares: "Let us all do a nationwide simultaneous rally at all LTO offices regarding our disgust over their new rules and regulations! We call upon motorists, car clubs, car groups, car shops and netizens to make this happen."

The plan is for participants to drive to and gather at LTO branches--particularly the main headquarters in Quezon City--and make the grievance known by simultaneously honking for one minute.

There is also a request to wear "car club shirts or black shirts."

If you wish to join, you may check the event page here for the specific meeting points.

Vernon B. Sarne
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