Motorcycle Clubs Outraged by Color-Coded Double-Plate Bill
Motorcycle clubs expressed anger towards “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act” or Republic Act no. 11235 which was signed by President Duterte, March 08, 2019.
The law aims to prevent crimes by making the plate more readable from a distance. The new plates will also be color-coded according to the region they came from. The new law also requires owners to register their motorcycles within 5 days after the purchase.Failure to do so may result to imprisonment or up to Php25,000 fine.
Driving without a number plate results to imprisonment and up to Php50,000 to Php100,000 fine
If proven that the motorcycle was used for grave felony or escape from a crime scene, the owner, passenger and driver of the motorcycle shall ace jail time of 12 to 40 years.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has a joint access on impounding and digital data of seized motorcycles real time. They also have a joint hotline to address concerns on motorcycle-related crimes.
Drives and owners are required to renew registration and apply for the new plates until June 30 Release shall be until December 31,2019 where new laws and provisions also take effect.
On his recent speech, however, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his desire to suspend the implementations of the new law amidst complaints that motorcycle riders are being treated as criminals and offenders.