RFID program hits a snag

Here's why you shouldn't be charged that additional P350 just yet
Jan 12, 2010

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court has temporarily banned the Land Transportation Office from charging fees for the controversial radio frequency identification (RFID) system.

The high court's order came after party list representatives and the Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide filed a 56-page petition seeking a temporary restraining order on the implementation of the RFID program, the Inquirer reported.

The LTO started collecting an additional P350 from motorists for brand-new car registration and registration renewal on January 1.

The transport agency claims the RFID is key to revolutionizing land transport as it provides necessary information which will allow government to enhance its registration system, track carnapping activities and even help reduce air pollution.

Petitioners sought a restraining order against the collection of RFID fees given constitutional concerns about the program.

"(The Supreme Court order) prohibits the LTO from collecting fees, which is just right because why are they collecting now when there are still constitutional issues and when the actual implementation will still be in October," party list Rep. Neri Colmenares was quoted saying in the Inquirer. Colmenares belongs to Bayan Muna, one of the party list groups opposing RFID.

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