OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIEMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 108

REGISTRATION AND OPERATION OF MOTOR
VEHICLES IN THE PHILIPPINES

Pursuant to the authority conferred upon me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 in connection with Order No. 3 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 registration and operation of motor vehicles in the Philippines are hereby promulgated for the information and guidance of all concerned:

SECTION 1. All owners of motor vehicles in the Philippines who are granted permits to operate motor vehicles by the Military Administration as provided in Administrative Ordinance No. 9, as amended by Administrative Ordinance No. 14, are required to register the same with the respective District or City Engineer of each province or chartered city who are hereby designated representatives of the Director of Transportation in the provinces and cities and to pay the fees fixed in this Order to the Provincial or City Treasurer, as the case may be, excepting in the City of Manila and in the Province of Rizal where registration and payment shall be made with the Bureau of Transportation.

SEC. 2. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, the following annual registration fees of motor vehicles shall be collected:

(A) Private automobiles:

(1) Five-passenger capacity or less, per annum, payable by semester  P120.00
(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:

(1) Private trucks (T)  0.04
per kilogram, per annum, based upon the gross weight of the truck, payable by semester.  
(1-a) Trailers of any classification operated for private use (T) 0.04
per kilogram, per annum, based upon the gross weight of the trailer, payable by semester.  
(2) Trucks for hire (TG) or (TH) Twice
that of “T”, payable quarterly.  
(2-a) Trailers of any (classification operated for hire (TG) or (TH)  0.08
per kilogram, per annum, based upon the gross weight of the trailer, payable by semester.  
(3) Passenger buses for hire (TPU)  Twice
that of “T”, payable quarterly.  
(4) Undertaker or funeral car (U) Twice
that of “T”, payable quarterly.  
(5) Motor trucks including jitneys and station wagons authorized by special permit to carry more than eight (8) passengers and commodities not for hire, under “S” denomination  Same as that of “T”, payable by semester plus special fees of P25 for less than 26 passengers but more than eight (8) and P100 for 26 or more passenger capacity. The special fees are payable annually.

(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.  

(E) When certificate of public convenience is required:

In the case of TPU, autocalesas, garage cars, TG and TH, a certificate of public convenience must first be secured from the Bureau of Transportation before any motor vehicle can be registered under any of such classification.

SEC. 3. The following fees shall be charged for identification plates:

(A) For each number plate for identification of any vehicle  P1.00
(B) For each number plate for identification purposes in connection with temporary permits issued in Manila by the Military Administration or the Bureau of Transportation 1.00
(C) For one “Agent” plate for use of automobile dealers duly registered 10.00

SEC. 4. Payment of registration fees must be made:

On or before December 15th for the first quarter of first semester of the ensuing year.

On or before March 31st for the second quarter.

On or before June 30th for the third quarter or second semester.

On or before September 30th for the fourth quarter.

SEC. 5. The following fees shall be charged for operation of motor vehicles under temporary permits issued by the Bureau of Transportation:

(A) For temporary use of automobiles per day, plus cost of plates.  P1.00
(B) For temporary use of trucks per day, plus cost of plates. 2.00

SEC. 6. The following vehicles shall be exempt from the payment of fees hereinabove prescribed:

(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.

SEC. 7. Under no circumstance shall a motor vehicle operate unless it carries a permit (sticker and certificate of operation), the sticker to be posted on the windshield of such motor vehicle while the certificate of operation together with the driver’s license must be exhibited at any time upon demand by proper authority.

SEC. 8. The permit (sticker symbol and certificate of operation) mentioned in the foregoing section shall be valid in every province, city and municipality in the Philippines.

SEC. 9. Any motor vehicle found operating in the public highways without any permit (sticker and certificate of operation) or certificate of registration or in violation of the conditions of said permit, excepting those operated by the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy, shall be subject to the confiscation of the number plate and the cancellation of the corresponding permit should the circumstances warrant such confiscation and cancellation, and in addition, to the penalties provided in existing laws.

SEC. 10. The following terms shall bear the meaning indicated herein:

(A) Permit.—A permit is the authority issued by the Military Administration indicating the conditions for operation of any motor vehicle, and consists of a sticker symbol and a certificate of operation.

(B) Sticker.—A sticker symbol bears the stamp of the Military Administration with a black circle in the middle bearing Japanese characters which specify the authority of the particular operation. If issued in Manila, it bears the signature of the Director of Transportation.

(C) Certificate of Operation.—A certificate of operation indicates the permit number, car number, type of vehicle, the corresponding motor number, the name of the owner or administrator, his address and nationality, the use authorized, the period of the permit and the date of issuance thereof. It has the stamp of the Military Administration and bears the signature of the Director of Transportation, if issued in Manila.

SEC. 11. This Executive Order shall be effective as of September 1, 1942, in the Cities of Manila, Baguio and Cavite and in the Provinces of Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Laguna, La Union, Mountain Province, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Rizal, Tarlac, Tayabas, and Zambales, and in other provinces and chartered cities, on the dates fixed by the heads of the respective branches of the Military Administration.

SEC. 12. Executive Orders Nos. 19, 64 and 79 dated March 19, July 17, and August 11, 1942, respectively, are hereby revoked.

SEC. 13. The provisions of the Revised Motor Vehicle Law and other laws and orders relating to the registration and operation of motor vehicles which are not in conflict herewith or with Administrative Ordinance No. 9 as amended by Administrative Ordinance No. 14 shall continue to be in force, provided that they are not inconsistent with the present circumstances under the Military Administration.

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 28th day of November, 1942.

(Sgd.) Jorge B. Vargas
Chairman of the Executive Commission

Approved by the Director General of the Japanese Military Administration on November 28, 1942.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library