Congress urged to repeal law requiring bigger plates for MCs

HOUSE senior Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) Party-list Representative  Lito Atienza yesterday urged Congress to reconsider the law that requires all types of motorcycles to have bigger metal plates in the front.

“It is better to accept errors in the law and repealing the same rather than causing permanent damage and even lives lost on the part of the motorcyclists. Obviously, the law has fundamental defects and the sooner it is adjusted to international norms and standards on safety, the better for all. Motorcycles are designed for speed and maneuverability,” said Atienza.

“These cumbersome plates or decals will hamper the movement of and are even dangerous to legitimate motorcycle-riding citizens. And why should government be issuing new plates or decals when motorcycle owners have been waiting for their new plates since the last administration? These are plates that they have paid for but have not received until now,” said Atienza.

Atienza was referring to the  “Doble Plaka Law” or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act or Republic Act (RA) No. 11235 recently signed into law, requiring the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to issue bigger color-coded number plates for motorcycle.

He pointed out that law’s intention is to curb the activities of riding-in-tandem criminals.

But the genuine solution lies in efficient police action so as not to endanger the lives of motorcyclists and their passengers, said Atienza.

“Ang dapat pagtuunan ng pansin ng mga awtoridad ay dagdagan ang police visibility at patibayin pa ang pagbabantay laban sa mga riding-in-tandem na criminal elements, at hulihin at ipakulong ang mga ito. Hindi solusyon ang pagpapakabit sa mga motorista ng panibagong mga plaka sa motorsiklo nila. Makakasagabal lamang ito sa maayos na pagmamaneho ng ating mga kababayan at hindi makakatutulong laban sa mga masasamang-loob,” he said.

“Aminin na natin ang pagkakamali at ayusin ang batas na ito. Dahil kung ang mismong batas na ipatutupad ang siyang maglalagay sa panganib sa buhay ng mga motorcyclists, ay hindi maganda ang kahihinatnan nito,” Atienza stressed.