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DOJ Backs Bill Seeking Removal of Additional Tests for Drivers Who Want to Renew Their License

The Department of Justice has expressed its support for the proposed removal of additional tests for driver’s license renewal.

DOJ Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar reportedly welcomed the House Resolution No. 2325 filed by Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro. The bill aims to remove the additional tests for renewal of driver’s license.

The House Resolution No. 2325 wants the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) to remove the additional tests, which ranges from P3, 000 to P5, 000 in LTO-accredited driving schools.

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“To immediately remove the additional requirement of acquiring a certification of completion of the comprehensive driver’s education (CDE) for people renewing their driver’s licenses,” the resolution reads.

DOJ decided to support the resolution that the CDE and certification requirement were functions properly pertains to the LTO and not pertained to any accredited driving institutions.

Rodriguez fears the further spread of COVID-19 when drivers trooped to LTO offices if the comprehensive driver’s education (CDE) will be added as a requirement for license renewal.

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“The convergence of people at this time in LTO offices, many of which are just cramped spaces in malls, could be a virus super spreader. I’m sure LTO officials and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade are aware of this,” Rodriguez added.

The official also reminded LTO that drivers applying for driving permits for the first time should be the one required to get tests and not those who wanted to renew licenses.

LTO will be suspected of corruption again if it will require drivers to go through its accredited driving schools, according to Rodriguez.

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