BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO-CAR) is currently implementing a moratorium on the put up of driving schools and private emission centers in the different parts of the region until the completion of ongoing studies on the feasibility of the establishing these.
LTO-CAR regional director Francis Ray Almora reported that the implementation of the moratorium on the put up of driving schools is due to the fact that the areas in the region are allegedly oversaturated with their presence.
Further, he pointed out that the operation of additional driving schools in the region might be a losing venture if more driving schools will be approved by the agency.
In the case of the moratorium on the put up of additional private emission testing centers regionwide, the LTO-CAR pointed out the need to await the results of the study on the prevailing number of emission testing centers so that the operation of the existing ones will remain feasible.
According to him, the LTO is also studying other strategies to be implemented to ensure the sustainable operation of driving schools to produce well-disciplined drivers to prevent accidents.
Director Amora underscored that the LTO continuously innovates its current programs, projects and activities to effectively and efficiently improve the land transportation in the different parts of the country.
The LTO imposed stringent regulations governing the operation of driving schools and private emission testing centers to ensure that the same will strictly comply with the prescribed standards for their operation to ensure the compliance of drivers and owners of motor vehicles in the licensing and registration requirements.
He disclosed that the LTO will continue to strictly monitor the ongoing operation of driving schools and private emission testing centers to prevent unscrupulous owners of these facilities from circumventing existing regulations just to earn profit while compromising the safety of motorists with the production of undisciplined drivers and motor vehicles that emit bad smoke.
Almora urged owners of driving schools and operators of private emission testing centers to ensure the consistent compliance of the public to the standards in driving and emission to avoid to keep the roads for the users and the public.
He said that the LTO will issue advisories on the compliance of the public on improved operations of driving schools and private emission testing centers.