The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has suspended the issuance student driver’s permit starting July 1.
In an advisory, the LTO stated that beginning August 3, all LTO sites shall only accept and process student permit, driver’s license, and addition restriction code with driving course completion certificates issued by LTO-accredited driving schools.
The authorized driving school instructors or administrators of the LTO-driver education center in the LTO offices are electronically transmitted to the system of the office.
“To prepare for the nationwide activation of the new system, all concerned regional offices and district office must be ready to accept electronically transmitted certificates before August 3,” the advisory said.
This new policy is pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2019-2176 and Republic Act 10930 or the Land Transportation Traffic code.
Antonio dela Cruz, chief of the LTO Palawan Field Office, recently told Palawan News they will start requiring driver’s license applicants to undergo official road safety seminars and actual driving lessons from certified instructors in their accredited centers before they are allowed to get behind their wheels.
She said that the requirement is part of their “improved licensing process”. It will cover all license applications, including student permits to ensure driving knowledge and road safety.
“Nationwide ang utos na ito [hindi lang sa amin dito sa Palawan]. Kaya ang target ay this year ay masimulan na ang lahat ng kukuha ng license ay dadaan dito. Lahat ito kahit student permit pa lang. Kailangan na nilang dumaan sa driving school kahit marunong na silang magmaneho kasi mas maganda pa rin na may kaalaman talaga sila at kumbaga refresher na rin pagdating sa pagdri-drive,” Dela Cruz said.
Renewal of driver’s licenses and change of codes will also require individuals to undergo the same training, she said.
“Basta lahat po [na may kinalaman sa license] ay kailangan mag-undergo sa driving school,” she said.