The Anti Red Tape Authority has urged the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to remove the Third-Party Liability (TPL) insurance in the vehicle registration process stating this is a redundant requirement, causing additional expense to the public.

ARTA Secretary Jeremiah Belgica said that TPL is already covered by a Comprehensive Automotive Insurance Policy.

Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Jeremiah Belgica

“I implore them to look into it and reconsider waiving the requirement provided that the vehicle owner can show proof of comprehensive insurance,” he said.

Belgica explained that eliminating overregulation and unnecessary requirements would reduce the burden on the transacting public, streamline the vehicle registration process, and promote good regulatory principles.

“This is all in line with our intensified campaign against fixers through entrapment operations,” said Belgica on LTO, which is known for a haven of fixers.

Belgica even pointed that in the course of its entrapment operations, they discovered that the establishment was also collaborating with the fixers and exploiting the public by facilitating medical, insurance, and emission testing.

In this regard, ARTA now cooperating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to remind Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs) and Motor Vehicle Emission Control Technicians (MVECTs), as well as the Insurance Commission, to avoid dealing with fixers. They should be aware that collaborating with fixers for economic and/or other benefit or advantage is a violation of Section 21 under Republic Act No. 11032, otherwise known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

ARTA has already written a letter to the Insurance Commission and LTO about this issue, but have yet to receive a response.

Source: Manila Bulletin (