'No steel plates': Officials insist new motorcycle plates are safe

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2019 11:44 AM

MANILA - Transport authorities on Tuesday defended anew a new law that requires motorcycles to have bigger, readable, and color-coded number plates, amid protests from motorcycle riders. 

Republic Act (RA) 11235 or Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act seeks to curb crimes committed on motorcycles by making number plates readable some 15 meters away. 

It also mandates motorcycle riders to have plate numbers in front and behind their vehicles.

LTO chief Edgar Galvante said the new number plates for motorcycles will not be made of steel, as compared to the previous plate design. He said the law does not say the plate numbers must be made of metal. 

"Hindi po tama ang sinasabi nila na ang gagawin materyal sa harap ay metal. Wala pong sinasabi sa batas na metal ang gagamitin," Galvante said in a press conference. 

He said a technical working group will discuss further the design and make of the plate. 

Transportation authorities presented a sample of the new design, which is 147 x 193 millimeters in size, with a font size of 57 mm by 28 mm. 

While authorities said the proposal is underway, Transportation chief Arthur Tugade said the Department of Transportation is welcome to any suggestions as they are drafting the implementing rules and regulations of the law. 
"Ang pinanghuhugutan po ng ating pamahalaan, ito yung tawag ng safety ng riders safety ng drivers at segyuriddad ng kalsada," he said. 

The agency will issue the IRR in 90 days. -- with a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News