2 plates for motorbikes — front and back — pushed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 July 2013 13:54

Here is another burdenfor law-abiding motorcycle owners.

Each registered motorcycle in Zamboanga City will soon have to use two plates, back and front.

This, after the City Council concurred during its regular session yesterday with City Police Officer-In-Charge, Sr. Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo’s recommendation that all motorcycles should sport back and front plates, for easy identification.

Malayo’s proposal was aired just as officials of the Land Transportation Office (LTO 9), led by their Regional Director, Atty. Aminola Abaton accepted the local legislature’s invitation for a dialogue relative to the issue of legality for both private and government vehicles using LTO commemorative plates.

Malayo believes that since almost all of the killings are done by those riding in tandem, there is really a need for strict scrutiny of all motorcycles plying the city streets “and one of the easiest ways of identifying the suspects is through immediately knowing the plate numbers of their vehicles”.

However, citing the non-availability of plates for newly-purchased motorcycles that are under registration, Abaton suggested for the improvising of duplicate plates for both new and old motorcycles, just to complement Malayo’s recommendation, “especially so, that this system will indeed help them (police), to speedily arrest the criminals, and solve the crimes”.

After substantive deliberations on the matter, the councilors unanimously voted for District 2 Councilor Juan Climaco ‘Kim’ Elago’s motion, of having said ‘two plate’ issue referred to the Committees on Peace and Order, Ordinances and Resolutions, and Human Rights for information dissemination, as they project that such issue will be confronted with mixed reactions, owing to the fact, that it is going to be an additional burden for motorcycle owners, “thus, the public has to be consulted on this, especially also, that such mode is not provided within Republic Act 4136, otherwise known as “Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines,” said the lawyer-councilor.

The august body ended its discussion on said issue by approving Councilor Charlie Mariano’s resolution, requesting LTO to come-up with a uniformed design of temporary duplicate plates of single motorcycles, so that it (plates) can be presented to motorcycle owners for imitation purposes. — Philip Abuy