Plastic driver’s licenses, have been unavailable for months, with drivers reverting to carrying the old style paper licence during this period.
New Tender Accepted
The Department of Transportation and Communications on Friday said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) had addressed the licence availbility issue and was set to release five million pieces of license cards over the next 12 months.
This was after DOTC awarded the project for new supplies of driver’s licenses to Allcard Plastics Philippines Inc. which posted the lowest bid of P336.868 million.
This was P37 million lower than the bid of former supplier Amalgamated Motors Philippines Inc. (AMPI)
All LTO Offices Expecting Supplies
“We are pleased to report that license cards will soon be available to all LTO offices.
We will strive to ensure that the implementation of this project will run smoothly in order to reinstate these basic services provided by the LTO,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya in a statement.
With a new supplier, DOTC said the government would generate savings amounting to P113 million as Allcard’s bid was 25 percent lower than the P450-million budget for the project.
Instead of the original cost of P90 per piece, each card costs around P67 under the new contract.
The procurement of the project for new license cards started on May 22 with three qualified bidders, the other company being the joint venture of DVK Philippines Enterprises and Cardz Middle East Trading LLC with the highest bid of P428.8 million.
Former Supplier Did Not Have Valid Contract
In a previous interview with the Inquirer, LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador said the shortage of driver’s licenses was due in part to the port congestion in Manila which affected their former supplier.
Salvador also added that in 2014, the Commission on Audit stopped LTO’s agreement with AMPI because it did not have a valid contract.
Fake Licence scam
The shortage of cards led to the spread of fake driving licenses.
The LTO warned against using fixers amid shortage of driver’s licenses, and during the bidding process, they issued temporary licenses initially with a validity period of 150 days. However as the unavailability continued this time limit was extended until licences became available.