DOTr-LTO assures public consultation on larger, doubled plates for motorcycles

Published March 29, 2019, 11:09 AM

by AJ Siytangco

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) assured concerned sectors that public consultations shall be held on the design and implementation of larger and doubled plates for motorcycles, in compliance with Republic Act No. 11235, or the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.”

During the Transport Talks press briefing held at the LTO headquarters last March 26, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade stressed that public consultations will be conducted with motorcycle manufacturers and riders.

Motorcycle Crime Prevention

“Magkakaroon ng consultation sa motorcycle riders. Pakikinggannatin ang mgasuhestyon para mapaigting ang safety and security. Sa pagpapatupad ng bagongbatasnaito, hangarinnatin ang kaligtasan ng rider, ng sakayniya, gayundin ang seguridad ng publikonasiyangsentro ng batasnaito (There will be consultation with motorcycle riders. We will listen to their suggestions for more safety and security. In the implementation of this new law, we aim for the rider’s safety, his passenger, and also the security of the public), ” Secretary Tugade said.

Under R.A. 11235, motorcycles will have license plates at the front and back of the vehicle, with plate details readable from a distance of 15 meters.

With the need for production of larger plates, LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante assured that the increase in registration fee for the larger plates will be minimal.

Sample plate designs were then presented during the briefing, with Galvante emphasizing the LTO is open to suggestions on materials and design of the new plates.

“Wala pong provision sabatasnanagsasabing metal plates ang gagamitin (There is no provision in the law stating that only metal plates should be used). Materials should be sturdy enough to have a plate that is readable. The DOTr and LTO is welcoming your suggestions,” ASec. Galvante said.

Aside from proposed plate designs, conduction stickers and decals with RFID are also being considered.

LTO’s new plate-making robot

During the briefing, the LTO also unveiled its first plate-making robot, an automated embossing press machine that can produce up to 700 vehicle plates per hour.

The plate-making robot, which arrived last month, will augment the existing nine manual plate-making machines for faster production of motor vehicle license plates.

The robotic equipment was acquired to expedite the resolution of the backlog on motor vehicle license plates that started back in 2013. It also features a safer system for human operators, reducing the risk of accident and injury.

“Dati, bumabagsak ‘yungmga machine at may naputulan pa ng mgadaliri (Before, the machines have failed and there were operators who got their fingers sliced). Now, with the help of automated production, it will be faster to solve the backlog of car plates,” the LTO chief said.

Child Restraints System

Meanwhile, the DOTr is conducting further studies in preparation for the drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the recently signed Republic Act No. 11229, or the “Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.”

DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon said the drafting of the IRR will be made in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and non-government organizations.

Under the law, motor vehicles will be required to have a child restraints system for child-passengers below 12 years old.

Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, four children aged 0-19 die every day from transport-related crashes in the country.

Road Safety Advocacy

Still in line with the government’s advocacy for road safety, the DOTr presented a public service announcement video entitled, “Here Comes the Bride.”

The first installment in a series, the video tells the tragic end for a bride who perished in a road crash, caused by mobile phone use while driving.