New license plates to feature laser-etched bar codes

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced on Tuesday, Aug. 13, that the new license plates will be ready by September and will feature the latest technologies.

The front side of the plate for private vehicles

In a press statement, the DOTC said one of the enhancements in the new license plates is the laser-etched bar codes which will contain selective data inputs which will allow data verification with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The new plates, which will sport a new alphanumeric design, will finally push through before the end of next month, the agency said.

The 5-year contracts for the supply of motor vehicle (MV) license plates, amounting to around P 1.989-Billion, and the supply of motorcycle (MC) license plates, amounting to around P 1.196-Billion, have been awarded to the joint venture of J. Knieriem B.V. Goes and Power Plates Development Concepts.

The DOTC will now have 10 days to finalize the supply contracts, after which a Notice to Proceed will be issued to the winning bidder. The consortium will then have 30 days to deliver the license plates to the LTO.

This means that by the end of September, vehicle owners will begin receiving plates with new alphanumeric designs: the MV plates will now have a 3-letter, 4-number combination, and the MC plates will have a 2-letter, 5-number combination.

The private vehicle plates will also come in a black-and-white design, with a look similar to those in more advanced countries such as Singapore and parts of Europe.

The back side of the plate for private vehicles

The other security features of the new plates include:

? Reflective sheeting material, which will allow license plate visibility even from wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet, for both daytime and nighttime. This will have security images which cannot be removed by any known method without damaging the sheeting.

? Anodized bolt head screws and nuts with serial numbers, which will prevent tampering and removal of the license plates from the vehicle bodies once installed.

?The new security features will promote safety and reliability in accordance with international quality standards,? said DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.

?They will prevent the tampering, theft, and falsification of license plates, mitigating carnapping, colorum, and smuggling practices.?

With respect to various issues raised by losing bidders and other interested parties in connection with the bidding out of this project, the DOTC has already satisfactorily addressed their questions.

?What matters is that the DOTC conducted an open, fair, and transparent bidding in accordance with procurement laws,? remarked Sagcal.

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