Last week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) set standard rates for driving school fees, accounting for the schools’ capital and operating expenses as well other factors. The group of accredited driving schools, better known as the Association of Accredited Driving Schools of the Philippines, Inc. (AADSPI), reacted to the said change and collectively issued an official statement.

In the said statement, the group appeals to the government agency to postpone the implementation of the guidelines until a balance or compromise has been reached.

READ the full statement:

“We, the Association of Accredited Driving Schools of the Philippines, Inc.

(AADSPI) firmly believes that having a driver’s license is a privilege and not a right.

We are committed to the advocacy of Road Safety and we fully support our regulating body – the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in its initiatives to educate and train our Filipino drivers.

Due to LTO’s Memorandum Circular No. JMT-2023-2390 that imposes training rates, applies additional qualifications for accreditation, and requires to use a new system with insufficient preparation to its stakeholders; our industry faces operational and financial challenges that may affect the quality of services we deliver.

Our plea to ITO is a postponement of its implementation until we, the industry who will be greatly affected together with our Assistant Secretary and LTO-Technical Working Group be able to discuss and revisit the details of the policy in hopes of reaching a harmonious balance that would benefit all stakeholders involued, including the transacting public. AADSPI wishes to continue working with LTO to address all other concerns and find practical solutions that would further improve the quality of drivers’ education and training in the Philippines.”

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Photos courtesy of Associatoion of Accredited Driving Schools of the Philippines


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