LTO: Decals instead of metal may be used for motorbikes’ front license plates

“The conduction-sticker decal is a good option”
by Aris Ilagan | Mar 26, 2019
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Apparently, they’re all singing the same tune now.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante assured the eight million owners of registered motorcycles in the country that metal won’t be used in the production of front motorcycle license plates.

Along with other officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), led by Secretary Arthur Tugade, Galvante presented in a video some design samples of the proposed new plate intended for mounting on the rear section of motorbikes. The proposed rear license plate measures 198mm by 220mm, with the numbers rendered in font size 70mm by 34mm in line with the provisions in Republic Act No. 11235, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 8, 2019.

Otherwise known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, the new law requires the LTO to produce sturdy license plates that are visible within a distance 15 meters.

Hindi po tama yung sinasabi nila na ang gagawing materyal doon sa plaka sa harap ay metal,” said Galvante in a press briefing at the LTO main office on East Avenue, Quezon City.

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But riders, do not rejoice yet—Galvante emphasized that nothing is final with regard to the proposed motorcycle license plates at this point in time.

Itong conduction sticker material, isang kino-consider din yan dahil ito naman, nagla-last at hindi ito may panganib na matanggal, lilipad, at tatama sa driver,” the LTO chief added.

For his part, Senator Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito echoed the statements of Galvante on the metal-plate issue. A rider himself, Ejercito stressed that it was not stated in RA 11235 that metal will be used in the production of new motorcycle license plates.

“Yung Republic Act na ipinasa ponakalagay lang number plates. Ibig sabihinpwedeng rubber, decal, sticker, or vinyl,” the legislator explained. He has also repeatedly mentioned the RFID tag as a possible alternative for the front license plate. The senator has been busy reaching out to riding communities to clarify the provision on the material to be used for the front motorcycle license plates.

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On Sunday, March 24, around 100,000 riders from different motorcycle groups held a ‘unity ride’ on EDSA to protest against the ‘doble plaka’ law, which they said would compromise their safety. The riders also claimed that the new law discriminates against motorcyclists.

Do you think the latest statements of these two government officials will be enough to calm down the riders?

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