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Attorney Warned Subdivisions Of Asking For Visitors’ Driver’s License

DRIVER’S LICENSE – An attorney reminded subdivisions not to take their visitors’ driver’s license because it is a violation of the law

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According to ABS-CBN, the reminder came after reports that certain subdivisions made a habit of taking the driver’s license from motorists visiting their grounds.

Attorney Noel Del Prado further said that the ones who have the right to take their license are none other than officials from the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

“Nasa kapangyarihan nila (subdivisions) na panatilihin ang kaligtasan pero sa pagkakataon na ito merong specific provision of laws na nagbabawal,”

(The subdivisions have the power to maintain and secure the safety but in this case, there are specific provisions of laws that prohibit such an act)

Del Prado cited Section 19 of the Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, wherein only LTO officials are allowed to take the motorists’ licenses.

There is also a memorandum order from the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), which also prohibits this act, specifically Resolution No. 001 series of 2017 from the board, which states that they are not allowed to take the driver’s licenses of visitors, especially motorists.

[It shall be prohibited] to require the driver of any vehicle entering the subdivision or condominium to surrender his/her driver’s license. The association is not authorized under the traffic laws to take custody, even on a temporary basis, the license issued by the Land Transportation Office.” 

As per the report, Del Prado, however, recommended that the drivers who plan to visit any subdivision could present any ID rather than their license.

He also clarified that it doesnt have to be a government-issued ID.

As for the penalty, violating guards or homeowner officials will receive a fine of ₱5,000 up to ₱50,000.

ABS-CBN News have an interview of Del Prado in DZMM’s “Usapang de Campanilla” regarding this issue. Here it is:

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