Car Plates

21 March 2013

Where are the new fool-proof LTO car license plates that were ballyhooed to be out in January, 2013?
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Are they like the old beautiful San Miguel calendars we used to receive abroad in the middle of the calendar year?
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Or is it the choice of an appropriate slogan that's holding up the new LTO car plates?
Each President had his own imprimatur:
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Fidel V. Ramos - "PHILIPPINES 2000."
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Erap: "ANGAT PINOY"
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Gloria Arroyo: "MATA(G)TAG NA REPUBLIKA."
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Suggested for P-Noy: "WALANG KOTONG."
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Car plates are not a small thing. It's part of dressing up the car. Notice many cars with "foreign plates" underneath the LTO-issues?
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For R2,500, you can buy a disposed foreign car plate and affix it under your LTO plate to make your car look "imported."
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Most of these borloloys are German car license plates on Japanese cars.
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Motor vehicles still run around with various types of LTO license plates and designs, some dating back to the 80's.
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Standardization will enable prompt identification of counterfeit plates, withdraw dilapidated plates, stop "lost plates" signs driving around, update motor vehicle database system, and address concern on national security and crime.
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The new plate number will have a combination of three letters and four numbers and security features (a bar code containing vehicle details like the chassis number and the date of registry).
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The new plates are renewable every five years. It was suggested that LTO issue the new license plates at car manufacturing plants.
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LTO may also want to introduce changes to license plate numbers for diplomatic cars...
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Official vehicles of all foreign ambassadors are identically numbered 1000 (with small print of the country).
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In most countries, embassies are assigned identifying numbers exclusive to the country + the individual number of the diplomat.
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In Germany, the code "0" is for diplomatic vehicle, "110" is for the Philippines (pecking order of opening of mission in Germany), and individual diplomats are given the hyphenated individual numbers.
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Example: the Ambassador has "0-110-1."
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Our diplomats jockeyed for the next lowest number, to end as much as possible in single digit.
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As First Secretary and Consul General in the 80's, I asked for "110" and got a palindrome, "0-110-110." FEEDBACK: jaz_aide@yahoo.com