THE Inter-Agency Council for Traffic on Friday warned motorists they are liable to face criminal charges and imprisonment of up to six months if they are caught using fake licenses and tampered Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration (OR-CR).
This came after an IACT team, during its operations in Quezon City, caught a motorists, a certain Alexander Salvador, using a fake driver’s license while driving a “for hire” Nissan Urban van.
Through the help of a deputized enforcer of Land Transportation Office (LTO), the IACT verified that the LTO database bears no record of the driver’s license presented by Salvador. Moreover, LTO-National Capital Region Director Atty. Clarence Guinto issued certification that Salvador’s driver’s license is fake.
Consequently, the LTO-NCR filed a complaint against Salvador for violating Sec. 31 of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
Under the said provision, “no person shall falsely or fraudulently represent as valid and in force any driver’s license, badge, certificate, plate, tag or permit issued under this Act which is delinquent or which has been revoked or suspended…”
“The LTO is firmer now on filing cases against motorists who are, purposely or not, using falsified and fake driver’s license,” Guinto said.
Furthermore, under the Department of Transportation (DoTr) Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01, a motorist bearing and using fraudulent driver’s license shall be subjected to PhP3,000 fine and is disqualified from being granted such and driving a motor vehicle for a period of one year from the payment of the fine.
Such penalty is further bolstered by Art. 1 Sec. 56, par (i) of the Revised Penal Code which states that: “for using or attempting to use a driver’s license… is similitude of those issued under this act, or falsely or fraudulently representing as valid and in force and driver’s license under this act which is delinquent or which has been suspended or revoked, a fine of not less than one thousand or more than three thousand pesos or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both, at the discretion of the court.”
Transportation Undersecretary and IACT head Tim Orbos advised the public to be vigilant commuters.
“Our commuters must be wary of fraudulent drivers that are starting to become rampant. Be sure that the licenses they carry are issued by the LTO.” Orbos said.
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