OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 19

REGISTRATION AND OPERATION OF MOTOR
VEHICLES

Pursuant to the authority conferred upon me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines, and upon the recommendation of the Executive Commission, the following rules and regulations governing the registration and operation of motor vehicles are hereby promulgated for the information and guidance of all concerned:

I. Effective on the date of the issuance of this Order, and until April 25, 1942, as prescribed in Executive Order No. 17 dated March 16, 1942, owners of motor vehicles who are provided with the necessary permits to operate them as required by the rules and regulations of the Military Administration in Manila should register the same with the Bureau of Transportation and pay the fees therefor.

II. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, the following annual registration fees of motor vehicles shall be collected:

(A) Private automobiles Fees
(1) Five-passenger capacity or less, per annum, payable by semester ₱120.00
  Fees
(1-a) For five-passenger cars of physicians, per annum, payable by semester 60.00
(2) Six to eight-passenger capacity, per annum, payable by semester 240.00
(3) When the passenger capacity exceeds eight, the vehicle will be classified as bus or truck and charged accordingly.  
(B) Autocalesas and garage cars:  
(1) One to five-passenger capacity, per annum, payable by semester ₱120.00
(2) Six to eight-passenger capacity, per annum, payable by semester 240.00
(3) When the passenger capacity exceeds eight, the vehicle will be classified as bus or truck and charged accordingly.  
(C) Motor trucks with or without trailers:  
(1) Private trucks (T) per kilogram, per annum, based upon the gross weight of the truck or trailer, payable by semester ₱0.04
(2) Trucks for hire (TG) Twice that of “T”, payable quarterly.
 (3) Passenger busses for hire (TPU) Twice that of “T”, payable quarterly.
(4) Undertaker or funeral car (U) Twice that of “T”, payable quarterly.
(5) Motor vehicles under special classification—Same as that of “T” plus ₱25 for less than 26 passengers and ₱100 for 26 or more passengers capacity.  
(D) Motorcycles and motor scooters:  
(1) Three passengers or less, per annum ₱36.00
(2) Motorcycles or motor scooters for more than three passengers will be considered as automobiles and charged accordingly.  
III. The following fees shall be charged for identification plates:  
(A) For each number plate for identification of any vehicle ₱1.00
(B) For one “Agent” plate for use of automobile dealers 10.00
IV. Payment of registration fees must be made:  
On or before April 25th for the first and second quarter or first semester of the year 1942.  
On or before June 15th for the third quarter or second semester.  
On or before September 15th for the fourth quarter.  
V. The following fees shall be charged for temporary permits:  
Fees  
(A) For temporary use of auto-mobiles ₱1.00 per day, plus cost of plates.
(B) For temporary use of trucks 2.00 per day, plus cost of plates.

VI. The following vehicles shall be exempt from the payment of registration fees:

(A) All motor vehicles owned or operated by the Imperial Japanese Forces and the Philippine Executive Commission, or any of their branches, agencies, instrumentalities, or subdivisions.

(B) All motor vehicles in storage or not in use.

Done in the City of Greater Manila, Philippines, this 19th day of March, 1942.

(Sgd.) JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission

APPROVED by the Director-General of the Military Administration on April 15, 1942.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library