Drivers may finally get a license with a 10-year validity starting this year.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade claims that the license backlog from the beginning of the current administration is now being addressed. The agency is also pushing the 10-year validity of the driver’s license this 2021.

In a statement, the Secretary said that the 3 million backlog from 2016 has been addressed. Also, licenses with 10-year validity will be distributed this year under the Land Transportation Office‘s (LTO) demerit system.

This means those with a clean record with the LTO can get their new driver’s licenses that won’t expire for 10 years. LTO announced this move last year.

Under the said demerit system, traffic violations have been categorized into three classes. Each of which has its respective amount of demerit points.

Grave violations cost five points, Less Grave is worth three, and Light violations are considered as one point.

LTO head Edgar Galvante said that the system will help reduce the number of accidents on the roads.

Via: Top Gear Philippines

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