' Land Transportation Office
(Filipino: Tanggapan ng Transportasyong-Lupa
), abbreviated as LTO
, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Transportation and Communications
responsible for optimizing the land transportation service and facilities and to effectively implement the various transportation laws, rules and regulations.
In order to regulate and provide regulation and licensing of operators for motor vehicles in the Philippines
then, Legislative Act No. 2159 was enacted in 1912. This was the first formal law on land transportation in the country. It created the Automobile Section under the Administrative Division of the Bureau of Public Works.
In 1922, Act No. 3045 compiled and incorporated all laws governing motor vehicles. The Automobile Section was upgraded to the Automobile Division but still under the supervision of the Bureau of Public Works. Act No. 3992 (Revised Motor Vehicle Law) was enacted in 1933, amending Act No. 3045. The Automobile Division was renamed Division of Motor Vehicles.
In 1945, the Department of Public Works and Highways
issued Department Order No. 4 for the reorganization of the Division. It took effect after the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese invasion. Executive Order No. 94 was promulgated in 1947, reorganizing the different executive departments, bureaus and offices. Under Section 82 of E.O. 94, the Division of Motor Vehicles was... Read More