The LTO has been directed to investigate ‘online fixers.’
Secretary of Transportation Arthur Tugade has directed the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to look into “internet fixers” who sell driver’s licenses for a charge without going through the official procedures.
Tugade said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the fixers don’t ask for any conditions, such as passing an exam or appearing in person for a driver’s license.
“Mali ‘ho ito,” (This is incorrect.) Huwag nating tangkilikin ang ganitong system at iwasan natin ang ganitong pamamaraan (Let us not be patronizing of this system and avoid using this method),” Tugade added.
He encouraged the LTO to work with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to track down and arrest internet fixers.
Tugade also recommended that the LTO assist the public by streamlining the process of obtaining a driver’s license.
“Magbigay tayo ng simpleng panuntunan at pamamaraan sa pagkuha ng lisensya, upang tumalima ang publiko sa tamang proseso at maiwasan ang pagtangkilik sa ilegal na pamamaraan (Let us give simple rules and procedures for obtaining a driver’s license to encourage the public).
He urged the people to reject fixers and follow the proper procedures, noting that driver’s licenses obtained via unlawful methods are forged.
“Maiiwasan ‘ho natin ang abala at mas malaking problema sa hinaharap kung hindi peke at galing sa ilegal ang hawak ninyong lisensya (If your driver’s license is neither fake or illegal),” Tugade added.
He reassured the public that the LTO is continuing to expedite driver’s license processing and that only competent drivers would be permitted on the roads.