Starting Monday, August 8, all vehicles seized by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) which are held at their impounding facility in Quezon City will be transferred to Tarlac City. The LTO's impounding area in Tarlac is located on one hectare of government-owned land.
The vehicles that can still run will be driven to Tarlac (presumably by LTO and LTFRB personnel). A hauling firm will be tapped to transport the vehicles that are no longer in working condition.
The LTO in Quezon City is making the big move to free up space in the Quezon City compound, which is actually intended to serve as the parking lot for employees and visitors.
As an InterAksyon.com report explained, the move to Tarlac also means that "the LTO will set trucking and storage fees chargeable to the vehicle owners, aside from the penalties incurred."
LTO chief Edgar Galvante pointed out that the added fees "are not meant to raise revenues for the government but only to defray the expenses for safekeeping of the vehicles at the LTO compound."
The Alliance of Concerned Transport Operators (ACTO) favors the transfer of the impounded vehicles to Tarlac. However, ACTO president Efren de Luna said it "may be disadvantageous to operators whose vehicles were impounded but were proven not to be 'colorum.'"
Addressing De Luna's concern, the LTO said that "the impounded vehicles will be released without any charges to its owners as long as they can prove that they have not violated any law."
Meanwhile, impounded vehicles that are not redeemed after six months will be auctioned of.
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