THE ANTI Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has filed complaints against two Land Transportation Office officials for delays in processing motor vehicle registrations and implementing cut-off schemes.

The agency filed the complaints with the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged violation of the Ease of Doing Business law.

Motorcycle dealers Du Ek Sam, Inc, Des Marketing, Inc., Des Strong Motors, Inc., Desmark Corp. and Premio Corp. started the complaint against the regional director of LTO in Central Visayas.

“Investigation showed that the complainant corporations applied for initial registration of motor vehicles and initial accreditation and renewal of accreditation of their branches in Region VII from 2019 to 2020,” the red tape watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday.

While initial and renewal of registration for motor vehicle should take 80 to 160 minutes, Du Ek Sam, Inc. said official receipts for 15 motor vehicle registrations were released days to months after the company submitted the applications.

“The same pattern was seen in hundreds of motor vehicle registrations filed by the complainant corporations from 2019 to 2020,” ARTA said.

The agency also charged an LTO official from Taguig City for allegedly implementing a cut-off scheme within his office hours.

ARTA said failure to entertain applicants before the end of official working hours violated the law. — J.P. Ibañez