If you are planning to buy any type of vehicle, you should keep in mind that driving it involves responsibilities. As soon as you register your vehicle at LTO you will know the vehicle or traffic violations and regulations. This way, you can avoid committing violations that will lead you to incurring penalties.
Here are some of the traffic violations and the corresponding penalties that a driver may face as implemented by the Land Transportation Office.
- Driving a right-hand drive vehicle – Php50, 000
First and foremost a right-hand drive car is not accepted in the Philippines. So, before you plan to import a vehicle that is right-hand drive, you should think many times. For your information, the penalty once you are caught driving this type of vehicle is Php50, 000.
It’s because driving a right-hand drive car in the Philippines is risky to both the pedestrians and drivers. Aside from the penalty, the vehicle will be impounded until you have it converted to a left-hand drive car.
- Passengers not wearing seatbelt – Php3,000 (PUVs), Php1,000 (private cars)
Another traffic violation that involves a higher penalty is having a passenger that doesn’t wear a seatbelt. This law and all the guidelines created by the LTO are designed to protect the drivers as well as the passengers from harm. That’s why it is recommended that the driver and the passenger beside the driver’s seat must wear a seatbelt while on the road.
Once caught, the driver will be charged with a penalty of Php3,000 for PUVs and Php1,000 for private vehicles. Likewise, suspension of driver’s license for a week is also imposed.
- A vehicle with unauthorized accessories or defective devices – Php 5,000
If you want to improve the appearance of your car make sure to check first with the guidelines of LTO. There’s a rule that does not allow installing unauthorized accessories to your car. For every violation, you’ll be charged Php5, 000 and it’s not a collective amount.
- Expired registration of the car – Php3, 000
As you own a car, it is your responsibility to renew the registration diligently. Otherwise, if you failed to renew the registration of your car, you’ll end up spending more. It is a violation to drive a car with expired registration unless you are prepared to pay the penalty of Php3,000.
- Smoke belching – Php2,000 (first offense)
Smoke belching is a grave violation of traffic rules. It means that your vehicle is not in good condition and it is also risky to the health of the pedestrians. The penalty for smoke belching is Php2, 000 for the first offense.