LTO 7 probes 2 driving schools for offering ‘no appearance’ theoretical, practical driving certificates

THE Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO 7) is monitoring two private driving schools that allegedly issue theoretical and practical driving course (TPDC) certificates for a fee.

“We are conducting an investigation after we received reports that clients just pay the two driving schools for the cost of the course and then they get their certificates, which is illegal,” LTO 7 Director Victor Caindec said in Cebuano.

Caindec did not identify the driving schools or say where these are located.

He said they will cancel the driving schools’ accreditation and charge their owners with violating Republic Act 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, if the allegations are proven to be true.

He said they are also monitoring driving schools that are outside the agency’s geographical area of responsibility but offer the TPDC in Central Visayas.

More than 80 accredited private driving schools operate in the region.

LTO Memorandum 2019-2176, or the "Rules and regulations on accreditation, supervision, and control of driving institutions, and on standardization of driver education," mandates all applicants for a student-driver's permit to undergo a 15-hour TDPC.

Meanwhile, Caindec said complainants must execute an affidavit to formalize their complaints.

"We need to make sure that these people execute an affidavit to ensure fairness. In exchange, we assure them that we will verify their allegations. In fact, we endorse several complaints against driving schools that offer illegal services on Facebook to the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) almost every week," he said. (JKV, PR)