LOOK: LTO presents new, bigger motorcycle plates

Land Transportation office (LTO) released the possible design of new and bigger motorcycle plates that it sets to roll out starting June 2019.

Department of Tranportation (DoTR) assistant secretary and LTO chief Edgar Galvante presented the new look of motorcycles plates which have radio frequency identification (RFID) and other security features.

The new plates will also be color-coded based on the regions where it will be issued.

Galvante said that the exact dimension of the plate is still under discussion, but it surely will be bigger than the current size. Riders will be required to display the new plates in the front and rear parts of their units, in accordance with Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.

“It will really help in the identification of motorcycle, especially if it is used in illegal activities,” said Galvante.

Senator Dick Gordon hailed the enactment of the law, saying it is time to take a bite out of crimes, especially crimes brazenly committed by riding-in-tandem criminals.

Gordon is the principal author and sponsor of Senate Bill No. 1397 that President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law last March 8, 2019.

“I thank the President for signing my proposed measure into law. This law aims to stop criminals from perpetrating crimes with impunity on board motorcycles or using motorcycles as get-away vehicles,” he said.

“Criminals on board motorcycles have really become so bold and fearless. They kill with impunity in broad daylight and even along very busy thoroughfares such as EDSA! Hence, it is high time that we take a bite out of these crimes by imposing bigger plate numbers on motorcycles so that riding-in-tandems will no longer get away easily after committing a crime,” the chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights added.

The new measure mandates the LTO to implement its provisions, and flag down

The law aims to deter, if not totally stop, crimes perpetrated by criminals on board motorcycles by enabling witnesses to read the plate numbers when a crime had been committed.

The proposed measure mandates the Land Transportation Office LTO to issue bigger, readable and color-coded number plates to every motorcycle and scooter in the country which must be placed on both front and rear parts of the motorcycle. Motorcycles traveling without number plates will also be flagged down.

It also proposes to sanction owners of motorcycles used in the perpetration of crimes with fines and jail terms. Should a motorcycle, used in committing a crime, turn out to be stolen or owned by another person other than the perpetrator of the crime and the owner failed to report the loss immediately, he or she will also be meted similar sanctions.

Based on records from the Philippine National Police, an average of four people is killed each day by riding-in-tandem shooters. Of the total of 28,409 motorcycle riding crimes or incidents reported from 2010 to 2017, 13,062 or 46% of which were shooting incidents.

The same records showed that out of over 4,000 motorcycle riding crimes or incidents in 2016, only eight cases (0.18%) were solved.

LTO assured the riders that the fee for the new plate will be reasonable, with no added costs. (With reports from Senate. | Photo by News5)

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