It seems Republic Act No. 11235 or the notorious ‘doble plaka’ law isn’t going away anytime soon.
Senator Richard Gordon, the principal author of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, is once again pushing for its immediate implementation, citing the rising riding-in-tandem cases this year. He says there have been 64 cases from January 1 to March 4, 2020, including the recent incident involving actress Kim Chiu, whose van was recently ambushed on Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
Gordon is now calling upon the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to establish the law’s implementing rules and regulations as soon as possible. He reiterates how this law will be a proactive measure against the aforementioned crimes.
“Riding-in-tandem assassins are still terrorizing the country. There is no time to tarry; there is an urgent need to implement this law to stop these crimes,” says the senator. “Hindi tayo dapat napapatay ng kahit sino. Hindi tayo papayag dito sa Senado na hindi ma-solve ang mga kasong yan. Mas marami pang pinatay ang riding-in-tandem kaysa sa coronavirus at hindi nakakatawa yan.”
The ‘doble plaka’ law, as its name suggests, will require all motorcycles registered under the LTO to have license plates both in front and at the back of the vehicle. This has been opposed not only by several rider groups, but also by some lawmakers themselves.
What do you think? Do you agree with the senator’s sentiments?