'Doble-plaka' law should have lower fines: motorcycle group

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Posted at May 25 2020 08:52 AM

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A group of motorcycle riders said Monday it would ask lawmakers to cut down penalties under a law mandating bigger license plates on the front and rear of motorcycles. 

A motorcycle with an unreadable license plate or without a plate at all will cost its owner a fine of P50,000 for the first offense and P100,000 for the second offense, said Atoy Sta. Cruz, Motorcycle Philippine Federation director for administration. 

"Iyong penalty lang na P50,000 napakabigat para sa isang rider... Papaano kung natanggal iyan (license plate)?" he told DZMM. 

(The P50,000 fine is already very heavy for a rider. What if the license plate was removed accidentally?) 

Sta. Cruz said his group wanted to lower the fine to P10,000, the same penalty for unregistered vehicles. 

The Land Transportation Office recently released the revised implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law that aims to prevent crimes by making number plates more readable from a distance. 

Under this measure, riders are required to use decal number plates measuring 135 mm by 85 mm on the front of motorcycles, instead of big, metal plates proposed originally. 

The LTO said the print on the plates should be readable from at least 15 feet. The transportation office also provided a color scheme and rules where to place the stickers in each region.

President Rodrigo Duterte in April 2019 suspended the measure following the protest of thousands of motorcycle riders. 

Police records show that of the total of 28,409 motorcycle crimes from 2010 to 2017, 46 percent or 13,062 were shooting incidents, Sen. Richard Gordon, author of the law, earlier said. 

Out of over 4,000 motorcycle riding crimes or incidents in 2016, only 8 cases were solved, added the senator.