Tolentino lauds suspension of new motorcycle law

April 11, 2019

Former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino yesterday expressed his support to President Duterte’s plan to suspend the implementation of a new law prescribing two large motorcycle plates.

“Sumasang-ayon tayo sa layunin ng RA 11235.  Sa maraming pagkakataon, talagang naging kasangkapan sa mga krimen ang mga motorsiklo... (Pero) Ang disenyo ng mga motorsiklo sa bansa ay hindi naka-akma sa pagkakaroon ng malalaking plaka,” Tolentino said in a statement.

But Tolentino, the former chairperson of the Metro Manila Development Authority, suggested that a public consultation must first be held before the new law’s implementing and guidelines take effect.

“Naniniwala akong may win-win solution sa usaping ito.  Makatutulong ang RA 11235 sa pagsugpo ng krimen na hindi kinakailangang maging isyu ang kaligtasan ng rider,” he said.

Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act requires bigger license plates to be placed in front and at the back of motorcycles as a way to prevent crimes committed by persons riding on motorcycles.

The President signed RA 11235 on March 8. But motorcycle rider groups have since protested against the issuance of bigger license plates.

Mr. Duterte recently announced that he would be suspending the implementation of the new law following strong opposition from motorcycle groups.