MANILA—More than a year after its suspension, a revised set of implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 11235, or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law, was released by the Land Transportation Office last week.
In a 13-page document dated May 11 and signed by LTO chief Edgar Galvante, riders are required to use decal number plates measuring 135 mm by 85 mm on the front of motorcycles, instead of big, metal plates proposed originally.
The rear plates must measure 235 mm by 135 mm, which is larger than the ones currently in use.
See the full IRR here.
The LTO said the print on the plates should be readable from at least 15 meters. The transportation office also provided a color scheme and rules where to place the stickers in each region.
Noncompliance will prove costly.
A motorcycle with an unreadable license plate or without a plate at all, for example, will cost its owner P50,000 to P100,000. The motorcycle will also be impounded.
Owners who do not register a motorcycle within five days of buying it will be fined P20,000 to P50,000. They will also face a jail term.
Motorcycle owners will also be fined between P20,000 and P50,000 if they do not report within a day (24 hours) that their plates were lost or stolen.
Those who tamper with their license plates will be penalized P50,000 to P100,000, the same amount for owners guilty of using a stolen plate.
An individual or company is not permitted to sell a motorcycle if it does not comply with the number-plate provisions.
Former senator JV Ejercito, who signed the law but later apologized for aiding in its approval, blasted the LTO on Saturday for releasing the IRR during a pandemic.
The law, authored by Sen. Richard Gordon, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in March 2019 but was suspended after because of public pressure.
Thousands of motorcycle riders have protested, saying bigger front plates interfere with the aerodynamics of a motorcycle and could fly off at high speeds or by strong winds.
Malacañang had said such concerns can be addressed through the IRR or an amendment.