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Duterte orders LTO to suspend implementation of ‘doble plaka’ law

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Duterte orders LTO to suspend implementation of ‘doble plaka’ law

He wants to drop the ‘front license plate’ clause and lower the prescribed penalties

President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to suspend the implementation of Republic Act No. 11235, otherwise known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.

In his speech during the 25th National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFMCP) National Motorcycle Convention in Iloilo City, Duterte said he will schedule a meeting with Senator Richard Gordon to convince him to remove the ‘front license plate’ clause in RA 11235, because it poses danger to the rider or pedestrians in the event of an accident. Gordon is the author of RA 11235, which was signed into law by the President last month.

“Kahit sa ibang bansa, wala namang plaka sa harapan ng motorsiklo. Posible kasing tumusok yan sa rider,” Duterte told more than 3,000 riders who were present at the Iloilo Convention Center. He also pointed out that a metal plate has sharp edges that could harm not only riders but also pedestrians in the event that it flies off from its mounting bars.

Aside from dropping the clause that mandates the use of front license plates, the Chief Executive wants the penalty for using motorcycles without license plates to be lowered from P50,000, as indicated in RA 11235, to at least P10,000. “Mas malaki pa kasi yan (the P50,000 fine) kaysa sa halaga ng motorsiklo,” he stressed, drawing applause from the big bikers.

In addition, the President asked Senator JV Ejercito to help in coming up with alternative solutions in view of the changes he is pushing. He explained that he had signed RA 11235 into law because it was recommended by police and military officials, but apparently, the sensitivity of the clause on front license plates and hefty fines had escaped his attention.

During his speech that lasted for more than an hour, Duterte failed to mention if he is amenable to using decals as a replacement to front license plates made of metal sheets. However, he made it clear that he is open to making the proposed rear license plate bigger by one-fourth its current size as a compromise.

In an interview, Ejercito expressed relief over the President’s decision to push for changes to RA 11235. “Para akong nabunutan ng tinik,” Ejercito said. Like Gordon, Ejercito also drew criticism from the riding communities for allowing RA 11235 to be approved in the Upper Chamber despite being a rider himself.

Ejercito thanked former motocross champ Butch Chase, a long-time riding buddy of Duterte, for helping him convince the President to initiate changes to the controversial law. “I felt so grateful that the President took my advice,” Chase said.

 

Not sure I really buy the reasoning but I'm happy with the decision.

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Mike Bannister

Great outcome,  Excellent reason not to have metal on the front plate. Decals are the answer given the durability of modern materials, they could be issued annually with a date.

Definitely, self-interest but fair go he's a politician

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SkyMan
Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Mike Bannister said:

Excellent reason not to have metal on the front plate.

It could fly off and hurt someone.  Yes, I suppose.  Mirrors could fly off too if the bike had them.  The muffler could fall off and go up someone's arse.  All manner of possibilities.  But regardless of how flimsy the reasoning is, it is far more concrete than the idea that front plates would deter even 1 motorcycle assassin.

I guess in the war against anti-common sense, any ammo will do.

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Dafey

Lets face it...motorcycles have their own eye appeal. (well, some of them) Putting a billboard license plate on the front takes away from the aesthetics.

Motorcycle assassins don't ride flashy motorcycles nor do they have any plates at all unless it's stolen. This law is a bunch of hooey! Try putting cops on the streets instead of in the station house doing jumping jacks...

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SkyMan
15 minutes ago, Dafey said:

Lets face it...motorcycles have their own eye appeal. (well, some of them) Putting a billboard license plate on the front takes away from the aesthetics.

Motorcycle assassins don't ride flashy motorcycles nor do they have any plates at all unless it's stolen. This law is a bunch of hooey! Try putting cops on the streets instead of in the station house doing jumping jacks...

Went by our pulis station last week to pick up a pulis report and they were having some meeting out in the parking (lot? dirt patch?) and there was a good 100 cops there.  I had no idea we had near that many cops in Lilo-an.  Where are they all the rest of the time?  Meanwhile the jail is SRO.  It  used to be 2 cells off a short hallway to the left of the desk Sgt.  One male and one female.  Now they added a cage about 10'X10' out in the foyer and enclosing the whole hallway.  I don't know if the female cell is still back there or if they are placed somewhere else.  Popular place.

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Confused. So, two weeks after the first implementation of the new law, I did my yearly registration renew and got sticker for my plate issued several years ago. No mention of having to renew again before June 30th for bigger plate???  This NEW change to the NEW law does not address the June 30th deadline. Yes, no?  Is the deadline suspended also?

 

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19 minutes ago, Jack_be_nimble said:

  Is the deadline suspended also?

 

Yes, it's called Deadline_be_nimble.

 

:rolleyes:

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Semper paratus

50% of the motor bikes in Dumaguete don't even have a back plate. Fixing that just might be a good start.

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Paddy
18 hours ago, Semper paratus said:

50% of the motor bikes in Dumaguete don't even have a back plate. Fixing that just might be a good start.

The number here in Masbate is at least as high (if not higher). 

If you’re going to mess with LTO laws why not insist on:

a) drivers license b) vehicle registration c) lights (both present and correct colour) d) working brakes oh and yes a plate would be nice...(assuming LTO can actually deliver)

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Jawny

In our area, LTO refers to "lucky to observe". That is the secret to avoiding hassles with the LTO.  

It is common to see a large number of motorcycles (and some vehicles) all stopped in a cluster alongside the highway.  Just a short distance beyond this cluster of vehicles is a roadblock of sorts set up where vehicles are checked for proper documents, to include drivers license as well as simple roadworthy checks. 

The unfortunate ones get their vehicle impounded. 

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SkyMan
14 minutes ago, Paddy said:

The number here in Masbate is at least as high (if not higher). 

If you’re going to mess with LTO laws why not insist on:

a) drivers license b) vehicle registration c) lights (both present and correct colour) d) working brakes oh and yes a plate would be nice...(assuming LTO can actually deliver)

Most of these laws are made by people who live in Manila and don't realize there's a whole other part of the Philippines.

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Semper paratus
3 hours ago, Jawny said:

In our area, LTO refers to "lucky to observe". That is the secret to avoiding hassles with the LTO.  

It is common to see a large number of motorcycles (and some vehicles) all stopped in a cluster alongside the highway.  Just a short distance beyond this cluster of vehicles is a roadblock of sorts set up where vehicles are checked for proper documents, to include drivers license as well as simple roadworthy checks. 

The unfortunate ones get their vehicle impounded. 

The deserving get their vehicles impounded. :o)

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