Published On: Sat, Apr 6th, 2019

Duterte to ask suspension of law ordering bigger motorcycle license plates

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The President also says he will negotiate for a lower fine for violations of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law

Published 9:35 PM, April 06, 2019

Updated 9:38 PM, April 06, 2019

PROTEST VS DOBLE PLAKA. Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PROTEST VS DOBLE PLAKA. Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday, April 6, he would ask the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to suspend the implementation of the law setting bigger license plates for motorcycles.

As a compromise, Duterte said he would convince the LTO to instead implement a slight increase in the size of the license plates.

In a speech before the National Federation of the Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFMCP) in Iloilo City, the President also said he would negotiate for lower fines for violations by motorcycle riders.

“I will try to convince the LTO to maybe to hang on, i-suspend ko lang muna. Kasi it is not good, it is dangerous to place another gadget, lalo na’t may kanto [ang plate number] (especially it has sharp corners),” said the President.

He added that he would also talk to Senator Richard Gordon, author of Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, about his suggestions. He also mentioned that in other countries, “walang plate number sa harap. Diyan lang iyan sa likod.” (There are no plate numbers in front, only at the back.)

Duterte signed RA 11235 on March 8. The law requires motorcycles to have larger, more readable number plates as a way to prevent crimes committed by persons riding on motorcycles.

Motorcycle rider groups have since protested against the issuance of bigger license plates. (READ: Doble plaka law: Duterte’s band-aid to stop killings)

Duterte said in his speech that the law’s prescribed fine of between P50,000 to P100,000 for those who will be caught without the bigger license plates was “masyadong mataas” (too high).

“Maybe as compromise, I’m willing [to lower it to] P10,000 to P15,000,” said Duterte.

He also suggested that the increase in the size of license plates be only a fourth of what was stated in the law.

Among the advocates of Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law was the Philippine National Police which has noted the increase in crimes committed by persons riding motorcycles.

Duterte explained that he signed the law upon the recommendation of the police. “Kung ano irekomenda nila, I will adopt it, basta maglagay lang ng rationale.” – Rappler.com

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