LTO: Drivers with demerit points not entitled to 10-year license

Each traffic violation committed equates to a corresponding demerit point
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 20, 2020
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Starting October 2021, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will issue driver’s licenses that will be valid for up to 10 years. However, not all motorists will be able to enjoy this privilege.

The LTO in a recent briefing said that it will implement a points system that will be the basis for granting drivers these 10-year licenses. Under this new system, drivers will garner demerit points for each violation they commit.

The LTO has categorized the violations into three, with the corresponding demerit points: grave, five points; less grave, three points; and light, one point.

An example of a grave violation is driving under the influence or driving a colorum vehicle. The LTO also clarified that less grave or light violations may be reclassified as higher violations if committed repeatedly.

LTO chief Edgar Galvante shared that even a single demerit point will disqualify a motorist from availing himself of a 10-year license. What’s more, a motorist’s license may be suspended if he accumulates 10 demerit points. He will then have to attend a reorientation course before he is allowed to drive again. Meanwhile, accumulating 40 points will result in the revocation of the driver’s license, and the license holder will be prohibited from acquiring a new one for two years afterwards.

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The agency also mentioned that the violations and the demerit points will be uploaded in its database, and motorists may soon be able to access and monitor this through the LTO website.

Isang incentive ito sa mga sumusunod sa batas-trapiko at walang violations. Pag-renew niya ng lisensiya niya starting October 2021 ay mabibigyan na siya ng 10-year valid license. Hopefully, with this measure, mabawas-bawasan yung mga road crashes and traffic accidents,” Galvante said.

What do you think of this new policy from the LTO? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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