A British bloke, Benjamin James Oates, 39, issued a public apology before media members this past Tuesday. That’s Oates in the lead photo with the horseshoe, biker, moustache reminiscent of Paul Sr. from “American Chopper.” Seated next to the apologetic limey is Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, BTAO, head Luisito Acebuche. (Lead photo credit: Panay News and AKSYON RADYO, Bacolod.)
My asawa and I were in the office of “Sony,” the “in-charge” person at our Land Transportation Office, LTO, in Guimaras. We wanted to renew the vehicle registration on our Ford Ranger.
The crusty old expat was extremely grouchy. Our Ford Ranger had just undergone its first “smoke test” in the Philippines. The LTO, Land Transportation Office, database, however, rejected the results. While our truck had successfully passed the analysis, a problem with our license plate was causing a hitch.
Regular readers of “Philippines Plus” are well aware that the tag “Crusty Old Expat” fits my persona perfectly. Thanks to Scott H, retired Iraqi War Veteran, I’ve used that moniker for several years now.
CONCLUSION: Philippines Vehicle Registration Ruckus. My asawa and I were heading out to our local Land Transportation Office, LTO, in Guimaras. After being told by a local insurance agent that our truck registration had expired last March, we had to sort the matter out. After reviewing our paperwork from LTO, I was under the impression our Ford Ranger’s registration didn’t end until later this month.
“What do you mean our registration ended in March?” My significant other was on the phone with an insurance agent. The agent, “NicNic” has just informed my wife that our Ford Ranger’s registration had already expired last March.
If you’re a speeder in Davao, you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket. The four speed guns provided by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are damaged. No one has been cited for speeding in Davao since December 2016. However, if you’re a sexual predator roaming the streets of Davao, be forewarned. An ordinance punishing any foreigner who will be seen with a Filipino child unaccompanied by a Filipino adult is being proposed. Violators could be imprisoned for at least six months.
Living in “paradise,” believe it or not, is not always the utopia you might think it is. After over six years of living in the Philippines I thought it would be a good time to compile my “Top 10 Stress-Busters for Living in the Philippines.”
Ford Car Show Model (Photo Source: ABS-CBN News.com )
My asawa converted her Illinois Driver’s License to a Philippine Driver’s License about 18 months ago. My Illinois License, which I first acquired at the age of 16, had expired two years ago. I could have renewed it at the local Land Transportation Office like my spouse did, but since we only recently acquired a vehicle, felt no need to do so. In retrospect, it probably would have been smarter to renew before it did expire because once a foreign driver’s license is expired the owner of such license has to first obtain a student permit. Thus, the crusty old expat visits the Iloilo LTO and acquired said student permit.