Police mount crackdown vs 'No. 8' car plates

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Posted at Nov 15 2018 09:29 AM | Updated as of Nov 15 2018 12:04 PM

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Motorists using special "8" license plate reserved for congressmen will be apprehended, a police official said Thursday.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday ordered its members to return the plates issued during the 16th Congress, after a businessman-singer with a similar plate was involved in a road rage incident.

Number 8 plates were last issued by the Land Transportation Office in 2015 and only have a one-year validity, said Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo, chief of the police Highway Patrol Group.
 
"Tutulungan namin ang Congress na hanapin itong mga plaka and we will continue to crack down on number 8 (plates)," he told radio DZMM.
 
(We will help Congress find these plates and we will continue to crack down on plate number 8.)

Authorities have apprehended several motorists who use fake commemorative plates to breeze through heavy traffic and be exempted from coding.

Jojo Valerio, the businessman sporting a number 8 plate when he punched another motorist in Pampanga province, was arrested on Wednesday.

He also appears to be the driver of a Toyota FJ Cruiser that drove too close to another vehicle in a separate incident in Quezon City, said Fajardo.

Police have found Valerio's vehicle, but it was already painted a different color and equipped with additional accessories, he said.

The HPG was waiting for a court order to impound the vehicle, said the unit chief.

Valerio is facing charges of grave threat, serious physical injury, abuse and usurpation of authority and violation of traffic rules.

DZMM, 15 November 2018