Front: Explanation of vote SB 2493: Old Vehicles Regulation Act

PHILIPPINES, January 31 – Press release January 31, 2022

EXPLANATION OF VOTE SB 2493: Old Vehicles Regulation Act

President of the Senate Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto January 31, 2022

The first automobile arrived in the Philippines in 1900, a “Georges Richard” imported from France by the La Estrella del Norte store for its client, a certain Dr. Miciano.

When the eight-horse buggy sputtered along Escolta, a priest at nearby Santa Cruz Church reportedly bet the day will never come when mechanized curiosity outnumbers carabaos.

Boy, was the good padre wrong!

And if this vehicle, or any make of the same year, heads to an LTO office or private motor vehicle inspection today to be inspected before registration, it will be greeted by a chorus of skeptics who will bet he won’t. pass the battery of technical checks.

There are plenty of vintage cars, at least half a century old, that won’t survive the mandatory tests with flying colors.

If current pollution standards are used, none of the cars used by Philippine presidents from Quezon to Marcos will be allowed to be registered.

If a wartime car has an engine rigged to run on charcoal, it will be a chimney on wheels that will keep it from being street legal.

That is why I am pleased that this bill, which deals with the uniqueness and particularities of vintage cars, has been carefully drafted.

I’ve been saying for years that legislation has always lagged behind innovation, that laws have always lagged behind the curve of technology.

I never imagined that one day I would say that we have to turn the legislation upside down so that it can be articulated with the requirements of the old technology.

Section 5 briefly summarizes the rationale.

“In view of their small number, their limited intended use and the historical fact that the technology available at the time of their manufacture will not allow them to meet modern standards, older vehicles registered under this Act will not be required to comply with standards of cleanliness, atmospheric, anti-pollution, safety, road use and other standards which were not in force at the time of their manufacture, either as a condition of their registration and their use on the track public or otherwise, the provisions of the Clean Air Act and notwithstanding any other law or regulation.”

However, the same provision requires – and rightly so – older vehicles manufactured after 1967 must be fitted with seat belts.

It is wrong to say that this bill only benefits a motley group of wealthy collectors, those who maintain warehouses of trophy cars.


There are many families, middle-class families, who have kept their father’s or lolo’s car for sentimental reasons.

I know a friend who kept his parents’ 1961 American Rambler because his dad told him it was the plush backseat it was designed for.

Woodstock-era Volkswagen Beetles, affectionately called kuba by those who adore them, aren’t expensive heirlooms that might cost you an arm and a leg today.

Even millennials cling to their family’s bantam Japanese foals and corollas, saving them from scrapping.

These are not wrecks destined for scrap. These are beauties that must be preserved.

So are we going to punish conservationists with a checklist for car registration that they are unlikely to follow?

Or are we going to do the right thing and create a new class that will liberalize their registration?

There are other excellent provisions in this bill that are worth mentioning.

One is online or on-site registration, which cancels the departure of a vintage on display or in storage.

It also establishes a legal route for old cars whose papers have been lost to be legally restored for a fee.

This is an initiative that will get mothballed cars out of hidden crates – because without papers they can be considered colorum.

The other commendable section is the multitude of incentives for classic car restorers. This is in recognition of the booming industry in the country that caters to this specialized niche.

Our artisans and artisans bring in dollars, create jobs, and have built a global market of collectors with discerning tastes.

Mister President:

Let’s give this bill the green light. I vote ‘Yes’.

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