By now, you've likely heard that the Philippine off-roading community is up in arms over the recent actions of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). The agency has been busy cracking down on 4x4 accessories, but—if social media is to be believed—the situation may be getting out of hand.
Netizens have complained about being apprehended for even the lightest modifications to their pickup trucks or SUVs—including the harmless act of simply driving around on all-terrain tires. These reported operations were done despite the lack of clear guidelines or parameters from the LTO. We've been monitoring the LTO's website and social media for any clarification on the issue, but the agency has been mum about it.
Naturally, motorists aren't happy about it. Many have taken to social media to voice their displeasure over the LTO's sudden disdain for burly, high-riding 4x4s.
One look at a few popular Facebook off-roading community pages says it all. The Philippine FJ Cruisers Club released an open statement addressed to the agency calling for a discussion regarding the matter, while other pages are already foaming at the mouth. Some netizens are calling for the LTO to apprehend ancient jeepneys and other PUVs first, before turning its attention to off-roaders.
Below are some of the strongest reactions to the issue at hand. Do you think the LTO's recent actions are justified?