MANILA (Mabuhay) — Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya justified on Wednesday the implementation of the “no registration, no travel” policy of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), saying it was in accordance with the law.
LTO is under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) being headed by Abaya.
“We are merely applying the law. Unregistered vehicles are prohibited from being driven on roads,” he said in a text message, when sought for comment on opposition by some sectors, including the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), on the policy that took effect Wednesday, April 1.
“If we don’t, LTO may be sued for not enforcing the law. At the end of the law is for vehicle owners and passengers safety,” Abaya added.
And as to the MMDA’s reported refusal to apprehend violators, the transportation chief said: “I’m sure MMDA is a very busy agency. They have other functions to attend to.”
“They are merely deputized and we appreciate their help. No reason for brothers to quarrel,” said Abaya. (MNS)