Thousands of motorcycle plates have yet to be claimed in Central Visayas, the Land Transportation Office in Region 7 said Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Victor Emmanuel Caindec, regional director of LTO-7, said over 23,000 plates have been left unclaimed by their owners in 2019.

Caindec said motorcycle plates piled up after new deliveries arrived from the Manila office.

He said some 31,000 plates arrived for distribution last year, but only 7,900 were retrieved at various offices in the region.

Caindec warned motorcycle owners they might face fines if caught without plates.

An additional 18,879 motorcycle plates are ready for pickup at LTO’s distribution center inside a mall at South Road Properties, Cebu City, and other Central Visayas offices.

Caindec said pickup of motorcycle plates would be on appointment basis through text line 0947-349-9965.

“Secure an appointment and a confirmation because we will not entertain you if you did not set an appointment thru our text line,” said Caindec.

Details such as plate number and motor vehicle (MV) file number, date of the first registration, and name of the owner are needed for verification, he added.

“Let us also understand that our personnel will look for the plates manually, that is why we ask the public to be patient,” the director said. LTO-7’s appointment system is manually done and is not automated.

Motorcycle plate owners with confirmation are required to bring upon claiming a photocopy of their official receipt, certificate of registration, and a valid government ID.

Caindec clarified that retrieval of motorcycle plates is “free.” – Ryan Sorote