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House moves to speed up registration of imported cars

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The House of Representatives committee on transportation Wednesday approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) to fine-tune a bill seeking to expedite the registration of imported motor vehicles.

House Bill 6455, principally authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, mandates the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to speed up its process of registration of imported automobiles.

The committee chaired by Sarmiento has referred the bill to a TWG which will invite stakeholders and resource persons from the industry to share their insights.

The measure mandates the LTO to issue the certificate of registration of imported motor vehicles within 48 hours from the date of submission of requirements.

It also mandates the LTO to coordinate with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the electronic transmission and access of accurate and timely certificate of payment on taxes, customs duties, and other importation documents.

Currently, the presence of bureaucratic red tape in the agency frustrates clients for requiring them to go through long series of routine procedures to secure vital government services such as certificates of registration for imported vehicles, Alvarez and Sarmiento said.

This problem is further compounded by the tedious process of obtaining from the BOC, proof of payment of taxes, customs duties or other charges necessary for the issuance of the certificate of registration for imported vehicles, they added.