For better or for worse, social media has changed the motoring landscape. And in their quest for likes and shares, some misguided drivers have gained notoriety for their dangerous antics behind the wheel. Don’t know what we are talking about? Just log on to Facebook—offenders upload videos of their own idiocy for the whole world to see. And of course, the authorities will take notice!
We had a chat with Benjamin Santiago III, regional director of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) NCR East, to talk about the ways a driver’s license can be revoked, and the transgressions that will cause a driver to be banned from going behind the wheel. There’s a difference between the two: When a license is revoked, the offender can apply for one again after a certain period of time. But when a driver is banned from driving, it is usually for life.
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“The ban is for as long as you are living, even if you try to change your name,” stresses Santiago.“Your actions have deemed it too dangerous for you to ever drive again.”
Here are the LTO’s guidelines in full:
Reasons a license can be revoked
Upon an application for a driver’s license, the applicant is found to have committed any of the following acts before the issuance of a driver’s license (Section 23B of RA 10930): a) Willful misrepresentation with respect to material information in one’s application; b) Connivance with the officer in the irregular conduct of examinations or issuance of a license; c) Falsification of documents; and, d) Cheating during examinations.
Driving a motor vehicle used in the commission of a crime. (JAO 2014-01b)
Commission of a crime in the course of apprehension upon conviction by a regular court of competent jurisdiction. (JAO 2014-01c—this basically means you’re found guilty of committing a crime while evading apprehension.)
If the driver of a certain vehicle caused the death or any physical injury resulting in the loss of any part of the victim’s body or the use thereof, insanity, imbecility, impotence or blindness, or incapacity to work for more than 90 days.
Transferring, lending, or otherwise allowing any person to use his/her license for the purpose of enabling such person to operate a motor vehicle.
If the driver committed at least three violations of any provisions of this act or any regulations issued by the Assistant Secretary or any municipal or city ordinance relating to motor vehicle traffic within a period of one year.
When a non-professional driver’s license holder has been found to have been driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and other similar substances for the second time/conviction. (Section 12 of RA 10586, Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013)
Reckless driving committed after the third offense by a non-professional driver’s license holder. (JAO 2014-01e)
Reasons a driver can be banned for life
When a professional driver’s license holder, even for the first offense, has been found to have been driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and other similar substances. (Section 12 of RA 10586, Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013)
When a driver’s license holder who has been perpetually revoked due to the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs and other similar substances (Section 12 of RA 10586, Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013)
Use of private passenger automobiles, private trucks, private motorcycles, and motor wheel attachments for hire for its third conviction.
Violation of the provisions of RA 10666, Children’s Safety on Motorcycle’s Act of 2015 beyond the third time.
Driving a motor vehicle used in the commission of a crime upon conviction by a regular court of competent jurisdiction. (JAO 2014-01b)
When the professional driver’s license holder was apprehended due to reckless driving after the third offense (which was perpetually revoked), he shall be disqualified from getting any driver’s license. (JAO 2014-01e)
“If you are frustrated with the traffic situation, that is not an excuse to drive dangerously,” says Santiago.“And then there is driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous substances. You are no longer in the right state of mind. Why will the LTO still allow you to drive?”
“A car can kill,” adds Santiago. “It is like owning a gun. You don’t hand out permits to carry firearms to those who aren’t of sound mind and body.”
How many drivers have been banned or have had their licenses revoked? Santiago says that these statistics aren’t for public consumption. However, he shares that from the last two years compared to the last few decades, the cases have increased, adding that it’s probably because of social media. Because of public outcry, the LTO has to step in right away. “People clamor for revocation and banning because of video evidence, some of which is shot and uploaded by the offenders themselves,” Santiago muses.
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He stresses that the problem really is because of how easy it is to get a license. He reminds us that driving isn’t a right. It is a privilege.
We hope you learned something new today. Stay safe out there, guys.