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DOTC warns Baguio Centennial plates not honored

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (13 February) -- Centennial plates are now just for displays and for memorabilia.

The Department of Transportation and Communication Regional Director Federico Mandapat said that the Baguio Centennial commemorative plates have already expired and are not allowed to be used by vehicles plying the city's thoroughfares.

Mandapat explained that in June 2009, the centennial plates expired and it was suppose to be disallowed from usage. But with the city's centennial celebration yet on September, the DOTC together with the Mayor Reinaldo Baustista Jr. and the Baguio Centennial Commission agreed to extend the use of the centennial plate until December 31, 2009.

The Centennial plates and other commemorative plates only have a lifespan of a year of usage upon the approval of the DOTC. Commemorative plates are also designed to be placed on the side of the vehicles regular plate.

The centennial plates were sold by the Centennial Commission as a means of fund raising for its projects in the city's centennial celebration last year.

Meanwhile, Mandapat said that the use of commemorative plates is being violated since these are super imposed on the regular plates. He said that the regular plate is the identity of the vehicles and it should not be covered so as not to hide the real identity of the motor vehicle.

Mandapat reiterated that the use of commemorative plates is now used in crime where plate numbers are not being recognized due to commemorative plates of vehicles.

Vehicles caught with centennial plates or any commemorative plates that are super imposed on regular plates will be apprehended and will be fined. (PIA) [top]

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