Ejercito ‘pacifies’ motorcycle riders on ‘doble plaka’

Senator JV Ejercito met with motorcycle riders on Tuesday to listen to their grievances about the implementation of new law on motorcycle plates.

Ejercito “pacified” riders who have been complaining about what they considered as highly dangerous and discriminating “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act” or Republic Act 11235 which was recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The riders were relieved when Ejercito explained that the law would only be effective after the official issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

“Dapat maintindihan ng lahat na hindi pa ini-implement itong batas na ito. Nandito tayo ngayon para mag-usap at para maging acceptable ang magiging IRR,” he said during a dialogue he initiated and attended by motorcycle riders, manufacturers, Land Transportation Office Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, and Col. Darwin Paz of the Highway Patrol Group.

Ejercito, an avid rider himself, noted that the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act” angered the riders because of the supposed “doble plaka” or two metal plates (front and rear) requirement, which they claimed posed a serious threat to their safety.

“Ang maganda (sa dialogue na ito), si Asec. Galvante ng LTO, very open, in fact, mas gusto n’ya decals in lieu of metal plates. Either decal or RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification), which is even better para maging hi-tech tayo,” he said, clarifying that the law does not strictly mandate the use of metal plates.

Ejercito also said he was considering proposing amendments, specifically on the P50,000 penalty and imprisonment.

“I will ask Sen. (Richard) Gordon, magpapaalam ako sa kanya na magpa-file ako ng amendments this coming May na medyo reasonable rates kasi mabigat ang P50,000 parang presyo na ng motor ‘yan eh. At karamihan ng mga riders ay talagang ordinary employees. So mabigat para sa kanila ‘yun,” he said. (via Senate website)

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