Motorcycle riders hail suspension of 'Doble Plaka' law

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Posted at Apr 07 2019 05:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2019 08:05 PM

Motorcycle riders hail suspension of 'Doble Plaka' law 1
Tens of thousands of motorcyclists join a motorcade along EDSA to protest the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News.

MANILA -- Motorcycle riders lauded Sunday the suspension of a law requiring bigger license plates on the front and back of motorcycles.
 
President Rodrigo Duterte last month signed the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act that aims to prevent crimes by making number plates more readable from a distance.

Following the protest of thousands of motorcycle riders, he announced on Saturday the suspension of the measure.

"Maganda na nagising na si Pangulo sa problema," said Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines president Atoy Cruz.

Rider groups earlier said bigger front plates interfere with the aerodynamics of a motorcycle and may get detached at high speeds or by strong wind.

The law just needs to be refined, not abolished, said Cruz.

Riders, he said, will attend a consultation with the Land Transportation Office on April 12.

Sen. JV Ejercito, meanwhile, said the suspension of the law will pave the way for a thorough study and discussion among stakeholders to balance riders' safety with the measure's goal of curbing crimes.

Ejercito also dubbed Duterte as a "listening president," saying he paid attention to the sentiments of riders relayed to him by the lawmaker and motocross legend Butch Chase.

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Senator Richard Gordon, author of the "Doble Plaka" law, said he will explain to Duterte the measure's goal of giving justice to the victims of motorcycle-riding shooters.

"Ipinagtatanggol ko lang ang mga taong pinapatay ng mga riding-in-tandem assassins. They can no longer seek justice for themselves," he said in a statement.

(I am only defending the people who were killed by riding-in-tandem assassins.)

"How do we do justice to this people? You limit the way people can get away with riding without motor plates and riding with stolen motorcycles,” he added.

Motorcycles have become "crime machines," said Gordon, given that an average of 4 people are killed by riding-in-tandem shooters each day, based on police figure.

Police records show that of the total of 28,409 motorcycle crimes from 2010 to 2017, 46 percent or 13,062 were shooting incidents, he said.

Out of over 4,000 motorcycle riding crimes or incidents in 2016, only 8 cases were solved, added the senator. -- With a report from Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News