Additional requirements in applying and renewing for driver’s license is to make sure that drivers are not criminals.
Land Transportation Office 11 Chief of Operations Eleanor Calderon said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Police clearances are added to the existing requirements in securing driver’s license to screen the applicants that they do not have criminal liabilities though it was not stated in the memorandum released by the agency.
“According to the memorandum, the following requirements will be asked from the applicants but it did not stated the rationale behind,” she said.
“But siguro tan-aw namo, it is asked just to probably identify the applicants kay basi diay criminal tong isa ba unya nganong nakakuha og license,”she added.
(Perhaps the reason for imposing the additional requirements is to properly identify the identity of the applicants because some people might wonder why a person with a criminal record was able to get a license.)
Calderon, however, admitted that the additional requirements was opposed by majority of the public who claimed those are useless or “nonsense”.
She also said the requirements did not pass through public consultation.
She explained that those are part of the basic requirements since NBI clearance is needed in securing a non-professional license while the medical certificate is needed for those who will apply for Student Permit to Drive.
New applicants as well as those who wanted to renew their licenses need to secure the NBI and Police clearances and medical certificate.
The memorandum stipulating the additional requirements was signed by LTO Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan and took effect on November 9, 2015.
Meanwhile, it is no longer necessary for the driver’s license applicants to take a drug test.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Add’l requirements for driver’s license is for public safety-LTO 11, November 18, 2015