THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) warned car owners with commemorative license plates to remove them or be arrested and fined.

LTO chief Jose Arturo “Jay Art” Tugade issued the call over the weekend after a Facebook group page called “Philippine National Police Academy – Justice, Integrity, Service” posted a public advisory accompanied with a photo of a motor vehicle bearing a PNPA commemorative license plate.

Commemorative license plates are those whose use is limited to the observance and/or commemoration of events of national significance, and with a validity of only one year as approved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

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Tugade said the LTO has not recommended any form of commemorative license plates for either private or public vehicles. Unauthorized commemorative plates, he said, should not be displayed in any motor vehicle.

“If vehicle owners are caught by law enforcers still using commemorative plates whose effectivity dates have already expired, they will be apprehended and fined,” the LTO chief said.

Under DOTr Joint Administrative Circular No. 2014-01, owners of vehicles with unauthorized license plates will be fined P5,000. The unauthorized plate will be confiscated.