LTO violations and penalties in Philippines

Here’s a list of Land Transportation Office (LTO) violations and their corresponding penalties that every Filipino drivers should know.

FROM THE INSIDE

A. LTO Violation fee 2020 related to Licensing

1. Driving without license/ Driving with an expired registration

LTO Fine: PHP 3,000

LTO Penalty:

  • Disqualified from being granted a driver’s licensed
  • ​Disqualified driving a motor vehicle for a period of one year from payment of PHP 3000 fine.

2. LTO Violations and Fines for not wearing a seatbelt

LTO Fine

  • First offense: PHP 1,000
  • Second offense: PHP 2,000
  • Third offense: PHP 5,000

LTO Penalty: From payment of the fine for the third and each subsequent offense, the driver’s license will be suspended for one week.

3. Driving under the impact of alcohol/dangerous drugs

LTO Fine:  

  • Not resulting in injuries or death: PHP 20,000 to PHP 80,000
  • Resulting in injuries: PHP 100,000 to PHP 200,000
  • Resulting in death: PHP 300,000 to PHP 500,000

LTO VIOLATIONS
PCPT RONALDO INALDO, Team Leader HPG – Occidental Mindoro. January 22, 2021.

LTO Penalty:

For non-professional driver’s license:

  • First offense: driver’s license confiscated driver’s license suspended for a period of twelve months.
  • Second offense: driver’s license revoked.

4. LTO Violations and Penalties 2020 for careless driving

  • First offense: PHP 2,000
  • Second offense: PHP 3,000 driver’s license suspended for a period of three months.
  • Third offense: PHP 10,000 driver’s license suspended for a period of three months.
  • Fourth/Subsequent offense: PHP 10,000 revoke driving licenses, revoke unprofessional driving licenses, stop driving licenses for two years from the date of revocation.

5. Other LTO traffic violation

LTO Fine: PHP 1,000

It is applied in case of common LTO traffic violations like parking violations, driving on the prohibited roads, disregarding traffic signs, illegal turn or overtaking, failure to darken the headlamps.

LTO VIOLATIONS

B. LTO Fines and Penalties 2020 relative to with car registration/renewal

1. Driving without valid vehicle registration

LTO Fine: PHP 10,000

This violation applies to two cases: driving with an unregistered motor or the LTO violation for expired registration.

2. Unauthorized vehicle modification

LTO Fine: PHP 5,000

Vehicles’ built are recorded with LTO. The LTO should be notified for before making any changes, or whenever any changes have been made for approval.

3. Submission of fake documents in driver’s license application or renewal

LTO Fine: PHP 3,000

LTO Penalty: The driver’s license is recalled, revoked and the driver shall be stopped the issuance of driver’s license and motor vehicle for one year from the date of paying the fines while the filing of appropriate accusations is not prejudiced.

4. Vehicle registration/renewal fraud

LTO Fine: PHP 3,000

5. No driver’s license, certificate of registration, or official receipt while driving

LTO Fine: PHP 1,000

LTO VIOLATIONS

C. LTO Fines and Penalties 2020 connected with car accessories & equipment

1. A vehicle without or with defective/improper/unauthorized devices, accessories, parts, and equipment

LTO Fine: PHP 5,000

This LTO violation is part of the vehicle and is subject to inspection the latter. These includes:

  • Brake system
  • Car light system
  • Headlights
  • Sidelights
  • Interior lights
  • Warning devices
  • Blinkers
  • Horns

LTO Fine:  

  • First offense: PHP 1,500
  • Second offense: PHP 3,000
  • Third offense: PHP 5,000
  • Fourth and succeeding offenses: PHP 10,000

2. Driving with no helmet

LTO Fine:  

  • First offense: PHP 1,500
  • Second offense: PHP 3,000
  • Third offense: PHP 5,000
  • Fourth and succeeding offenses: PHP 10,000

3. License plate not attached or improperly attached

LTO Fine: PHP 5,000

The act of drawing or attaching any inappropriate sticker or placing illegal license plates at visible places on the vehicle is prohibited.

4. Smoke belching

Violations and penalties LTO 2020 have set the standard emission gasoline level of each vehicle. If the vehicle exceeds the allowed volume, the driver may suffer the following fines:

LTO VIOLATIONS

LTO Fine

  • First offense: PHP 2,000
  • Second offense: PHP 4,000
  • Third offense: PHP 6,000

LTO Penalty: One-year suspension of the motor vehicle registration

Lately, with the plan to implement the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center, the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) of Philippine National Police (PNP) together with LTO has been active in setting up check points in different public thoroughfares. Who knows when they will be there. And assuming you got unlucky, expect hefty fines in case you’ll be caught with any these violations.

Good luck!

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