THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) failed to have 75 percent or 399 out of its 531 fleet of motor vehicles registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in 2019, the Commission on Audit said in a report released September 30.
Government auditors said this inaction by the MMDA is a violation of RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code requiring that no motor vehicle can operate on any public road if it is not registered with the LTO.
They reminded the MMDA that one of its mandates is transport and traffic management, which includes ensuring that road safety rules are duly enforced.
“Transport and traffic management includes the administration and implementation of all traffic enforcement operations such as imposition of penalties for unregistered vehicles. As one of the implementing agencies for traffic enforcement, MMDA should act as a role model for the public,” the COA said.
The MMDA Transport Division admitted the audit observation and cited several reasons for the non-compliance.
It said most of the 399 unregistered vehicles were either non-operational, undergoing repairs, or were used in urgent operations when they were already due for renewal.
It also disclosed that some failed the LTO’s road-worthiness test due to age and wear and tear. These include those that did not pass the smoke emission standards, had faulty lights, and those with corroded chassis numbers making them unidentifiable.
Lastly, there were also end-users who simply did not think securing the LTO papers was a priority.
The audit team recommended that sanctions and penalties be imposed to MMDA officers and employees who neglected to have their service vehicles registered.
The MMDA management said it has prepared a master list of all vehicles that have defaulted on their re-registration dates.
It also assured the COA that a revision of procedures has been implemented to remind all end-users of their obligation and to speed up the processing of funding from petty cash accounts to avoid delays. – Peter Tabingo