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Old 2nd September 2019, 01:18 AM
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Since we have been talking about getting our drivers license in the PI I thought I would report on my observations:

* I would guess that 90% of drivers do not have a DL. Maybe this is just the provinces but I would guess that nation wide it is not much different. They have no need for one since they bypass all the checkpoints.

* I would guess that 10% of vehicles are registered. Most of this is due to the cost but some is due to lack of maintenance or inspections. This guess is based on all the vehicles in my town that are not registered. The famous " For Registration" plate is common, which I guess is supposed to mean I am applying at the LTO, but they never do.

* Anyone can get a DL. Money will get you the license. No written or driving tests required. Even if you are near blind, colorblind, or have other medical issues. The medical is a joke. Now I know why no one follows the rules of the road - they don't know the rules.

A week back I was driving down MacAurthur Hwy and I noticed about 70 big trucks parked along the side of the road. This was about 2km of trucks parked. I thought it was very strange but then we pass thru a Police Checkpoint. Now I know why they were pulled over - they do not want to go thru the checkpoint because they do not have a DL, or correct DL, or the vehicles are illegal.

I have noticed many times when approaching a checkpoint that there are so many motorcycles/tricycles/cars that pull over or take a side street around the checkpoint. I wonder why.

So remember to be safe as most drivers have no business being on the road.
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I came here in 2011 used my UK licence for a year then applied for a Philippines licence !
The test ? Haha all i did was drive the car around a small car park , and a urine test !
Passed 1st time !
In the UK i had 8 hourly lessons , a highway code test , and a driving test and i passed 1st time!
I gave up driving here in 2013 ! As everyone does there own thing ! We employ a regular driver now.
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In Quezon City the For Registration plate usually means they've applied for a license plate from the LTO but havent gotten it yet. We have a family member who bought a motorcycle brand new 2-3 years ago and STILL doesnt have a plate yet.
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In Quezon City the For Registration plate usually means they've applied for a license plate from the LTO but havent gotten it yet. We have a family member who bought a motorcycle brand new 2-3 years ago and STILL doesnt have a plate yet.
I recently sold my old car 1989 Mitsubishi and I still hadn't received my plate and from what they told me I wasn't going to get one either because of the shape and age of my vehicle.
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In Quezon City the For Registration plate usually means they've applied for a license plate from the LTO but havent gotten it yet. We have a family member who bought a motorcycle brand new 2-3 years ago and STILL doesnt have a plate yet.
Haha - in my neighborhood you just find something rectangle in shape and write "for registration" on it. Then again most don't even have that, no plate at all. I guess it is not needed unless you ride on MacAurthur Hwy or go thru a checkpoint. I have never seen a police officer make a traffic stop. Only at checkpoints they care to look for a crime.

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Also remember that just because you have a Green Arrow for a left turn does not mean that other traffic will stop. Almost no one stops for a red light when making a right turn. Therefore when you are making the left on green arrow you have to merge with all the red light runners.

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I came here in 2011 used my UK licence for a year then applied for a Philippines licence !
The test ? Haha all i did was drive the car around a small car park , and a urine test !
Passed 1st time !
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I converted my Canadian one in 2017, I was in and out of the LTO in less than 30 minutes with plastic DL in my pocket. No test except for the medical which was a joke.

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In Quezon City the For Registration plate usually means they've applied for a license plate from the LTO but havent gotten it yet. We have a family member who bought a motorcycle brand new 2-3 years ago and STILL doesnt have a plate yet.
I saw last year that they have this "brand new" license plate printing machine that can handle 10k of plates a day supposedly. I wonder what happened to it? I also wonder why they don't use prisons to make the plates just like in the USA?
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....I also wonder why they don't use prisons to make the plates just like in the USA?
I at first thought that prisoner's making license plates was no longer the case, and that it was a urban myth. I googled and found out that most US plates are made in prisons. Folsom Prison makes all the plates used in California for example, several states make plates for other states. (120 people produce plates for all of the California.) Only 2 US companies make plates and some are imported from a Canadian company but most are prison labour.

Here they could do like Indonesia does, you are assigned a number then go to a local shop and have your plate made to specification. Easy to cheat but a little harder than just using a marker on a piece of paper like they do now.


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Here in the UK you just go to an automotive shop with yiu registration documents and they make the plate up for you. I don't know about elsewhere but in the UK a set of plates are for the life of the car.

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