Rep. Ruffy Biazon: Repeal, not just amend, the ‘doble plaka’ law

“The provision on front license plates was not in the original version”
by Aris Ilagan | Apr 12, 2019
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“It was badly written.” This was how Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon described Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.

Biazon, a member of the House Committee on Transportation, was the chairman of the technical working group (TWG) that was involved in the deliberation of RA 11235 at the bicameral level, before it was passed by Congress in December last year and finally signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte last month.

Was he a victim of the salisi gang, a term coined for criminals who plunder houses while the owners are on vacation?

Biazon said he was abroad when the bicameral committee approved the bill. He almost fell off his chair when he learned there were sensitive issues that had been “inserted” into the original version of the bill before it was finally passed by the bicam committee—including provisions requiring front license plates and banning the importation and sale of motorbikes that do not have sturdy mounts for front license plates.

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“I do not agree with the proposal to use decals now because it is not compliant with the law,” said Biazon, also a motorcycle enthusiast.

“You have to be clear because there’s no mention in the existing law of the word ‘decal.’ Also, it must be readable within 15 meters. Paano yan kung sumusunod sa contour ng fender yung decal—mababasa ba yun within 15 meters?” he asked.

In the heat of discussions at the bicameral level, Biazon said he had totally opposed front license plates for safety reasons, and that his argument was based on the opinions of experts from motorcycle manufacturers who had provided input to the House TWG.

Biazon also stated that applying changes to RA 11235 through the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR), which will be undertaken by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), will only lead to complications on the law itself. “Kailangan magpasa ng bagong batas. Magulo na kasi,” he stressed.

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Asked if he is attending the first consultative meeting between LTO and motorcycle groups as well as other stakeholders, he replied: “I was not invited.”

He also thought that the President, being an avid rider, would veto RA 11235. “Nagulat din ako nang pirmahan niya,” Biazon said.

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