Sen. Richard J. Gordon has allayed fears of motorcycle riders and manufacturers that the use of bigger license plates at the front and back of bikes could endanger them.
“Simula pa lang naman nung ginawa ko yung bill, napag-usapan na naman na pwedeng sticker, decal or vinyl ang ilalagay sa harapan ng motorsiklo para hindi makasagabal sa pagliko o pagmani-obra ng motor. Pati ‘yung sa likod, hindi naman ito sobrang laki na maaring ikatumba ng motor. Ang lalakahihan ang font size ng alphanumeric code na mas kakaunti din ang characters para mas madaling matandaan ng publiko,” Gordon said riders raised concerns that bigger metal license plates increase the risk of accidents as it can break apart due to wind drag whenever a motorcycle is traveling fast.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights also pointed out that the Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act he authored and sponsored can reduce the number of stolen motorcycles, thus protecting bike owners from thieves.
“Proteksyon din itong batas na ito para sa mga motorcycle owners. Dahil pag ninakaw ang motorsiklo mo, ireport mo agad within three days at makikita agad sa 24/7 na Operation Center ng LTO (Land Transportation Office), makakapaglabas agad ang LTO at PNP (Philippine National Police) ng lookout bulletin. Madaling mahahanap ang ninakaw na motor. Pag tinanggalan ng plaka ang nakaw na motor o tinamper ang plaka at ibinyahe, mahuhuli agad,” he explained.
Based on records from the PNP-Highway Patrol Group, there were about 150 motorcycles stolen every week in Metro Manila alone or an average of 21 per day in 2017. In different parts of the country, there were 7,517 vehicles stolen, 6,956 were motorcycles.