By Mario Casayuran
Sen, Joseph Victor ‘’JV’’ Ejercito on Friday called on the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to iron out their conflict in the enforcement of laws and regulations for gadgets attached to motorcycle vehicles.
Ejercito wrote LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante that the PNP-HPG does not recognize an LTO memorandum issued in 2016 which allows the use of LED auxiliary lights and aftermarket mufflers subject to certain parameters.
The PNP-HPG continues to invoke Presidential Decree 96, which prohibits the use of sirens, bells, horns, and similar gadgets on motor vehicles, continue to apprehend drivers for sporting the banned gadgets, he said.
“In the interest of our motorists, I am asking the LTO and the PNP-HPG to discuss the conflict and misinterpretation of our laws and clarify regulations governing such gadgets. This is to further avoid burdening the public due to the divergence of policies of our implementing agencies. I would also appreciate if you could update my office regarding the matter,” he said.
Ejercito furnished a copy of his LTO letter to Chief Supt. Arnel B. Escobal, director of HPG.