NO TO DOBLE PLAKA
NO TO DOBLE PLAKA
As law-abiding motorcycle riders and citizens of the Philippines, we are expressing our full support to all laws passed by the Philippine Senate. More so, if the intension of the law is to provide safety measures to all riders, commuters and pedestrians alike. We salute you, our law makers for the prompt responsiveness to the rampant incidents of crimes perpetrated by the so-called "riding-in-tandems".
However, Republic Act 11235, though intended to protect the public from lawless criminals, the "riding-in-tandems" in particular, it is merely focused on violations and penalties of registration laws and motorcycle operation, and we further found it more unsafe to motorcycle riders and pedestrians alike. Philippine-released motorcycles are incapable of showcasing the required two (2) big plates as provided for in Section 14 of the said Act. It goes on to provides under paragraph 3 of the Section 14, that any motorcycles which is incapable of showcasing big plates shall not be accepted or registered with the LTO. Having provided by the said ACT, all motorcycles in the Philippines are incapable of displaying big plates on the front portion, making them non-compliant to RA 11235, therefore cannot be registered with the LTO.
On March 19, a video of yours, Senator Gordon went viral on Facebook, expressing relief to some of us riders by telling in public that riders can use vinyl or decals types as front "plate numbers". However, RA 11235 Section 5, explicitly provides the use of "number plates", to which vinyl type, as you suggested, can be categorized as one, but provided it is flat. This also concerned us because it can still be destroyed by strong winds or even blown away and accidentally injured someone or even the rider himself. Decals, the other type that you suggested, is the most practical and safest alternative as front plates, however, this doesn't fall under the category of "number plates" because we know for a fact that decals are sticker in type, thus can be still classified as violation of the ACT. We therefore file this petition for an amendment to repeal the provision requiring front "number plates" primarily for safety reason, otherwise, to amend said provision to provides "decals" as official and legitimate alternative to the front "number plates", the font-size of which shall depend on the available space of respective motorcycle's front fender.
Further, may our good senators review the penal provisions of RA 11235, which we feel very discriminating to all motorcycle riders. Section 7 of the ACT provides that failure to use "number plates' or "readable number plates" shall be punished by "prision correcional", or a penalty of not less than P50,000 but not more than P100,000. While Section 11 provides that lost, damaged or stolen "number plates" or "readable number plates" if not reported to the authority (deadline not specified) shall be penalized by not less than P 20,000 but not more then P 50,000. If the loss, damaged or stolen "number plates" is not reported to the authority within 3 days and is used in an offense punishable under the Revised Penal Code or special penal laws, the registered owner of the motorcycle shall be punished by "arresto mayor to prision correccional". This makes the erring motorcycle rider an instant criminal.
And why the enormous increased in the amount of penalty from the old penalty which is only P 1,500? The new penalties are so exorbitant that are almost exactly how most motorcycles cost nowadays. And, this may only open the door for extortion by rogue cops.
We will not oppose the penal provision of Section 12, because it is "more likely", (though not clearly specified) intended for the motorcycle-riding-criminals and not for erring motorcycle riders as well as motorcycle riders who only fell victim to loss, damaged or stolen "number plates".
In conclusion, the law is primarily focused on preventing the law abiding motorcycle riders in committing the stipulated violations therein by imposing hefty monetary penalties and imprisonment. It clearly missed the real target of the law, the riding-criminals. Nothing in the said law provides the type of committed crimes and the corresponding penalties which clearly states that they are intended for the riding criminals.
We hope and pray that our honorable senators, will take time to listen to the voice of the riding public while you try to stopped the rampant crimes perpetrated by the "riding criminals", consequently provide continuous safety to our people.
Kindly re-consider that, we, the true-believer of the law are riders and not criminals.