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President Duterte Sings Law Requiring Larger, Color-Coded Plates for Motorcycles

DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law that would require motorcycles to have bigger and color-coded plates.

Last year, Senators Richard Gordon and Vicente Sotto III proposed a Senate Bill 1397 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2017.

The bill requires all motorcycles and scooters to have a larger license plate that is readable from a distance.

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Following a previous article, a netizen named RG Russel Atanacio took to the social media to call out his fellow motorcycle owners to oppose the bill.

The netizen complained that the government can’t even release the license plate they have been waiting for three years, and now they wanted to add another license plate.

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On March 8, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has signed it into law. Under the new law Republic Act no. 11235, the license plates will also be color-coded based on regions.

Based on a report from ABS CBN, the owner of the motorcycle is required to register his motorcycle 5 days after he bought it. If he fails to do so, he will be imprisoned or pay a fine not lesser than 25,000.

Driving the vehicle without a license plate has a fine of P50,000 to 100,000. Aside from that, the enforcers were authorized to confiscate the motorcycle and can only be returned if the owner presents proof of ownership, “payment of the cost of seizure”, and compliance with the readable number plate.

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According to the report, the law enforcers may also be imprisoned if they fail to surrender the seized motorcycle.

There will also be an impounding center for the seized motorcycle and digital data that is shared real-time with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Philippine National Police (PNP).

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Based on the report, owners are required to renew their registration and apply for the mandated number plates before June 30, 2019.

On December 31, 2019, the LTO will be releasing the new license plates and the law will take effect next year.

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