Dec 6, 2018

Bill Regarding Large License Plates for Motorcycles Now Passed through Congress

The Lower House has finally passed the Large License Plate for Motorcycles Bill on its third and final reading. This new bill will require all motorcycle users, old and new, to secure a larger license plate.

The increasing number of crimes involving motorcycles in the Philippines has alarmed all sectors of society. Thankfully, the House of Representatives has finally taken notice of this problem and has come out with a bill that will soon require all motorcycle owners to attach larger license plates to their motorbikes. Having larger license plates for motorbikes is not uncommon as some countries in Europe also make use of large-sized license plates.

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Filed as House Bill 8419 by Representative Victor Yap of 2nd District, Tarlac, the bill was approved on the third and final reading by all 219 members of the House during a recent session.

Dubbed as the "Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2017", this new bill aims to reduce, if not eradicate, the rising criminality involving riding-in-tandem shooting incidents by making larger license plates on all motorcycles mandatory. The larger license plate will hopefully serve as a deterrent since the increased size can easily be made out, even from a distance, making crimes easier to spot.

The bill states that the LTO (Land Transportation Office) will be in charge of issuing license plates for motorcycles that are supposed to be easily readable from 12 meters away. Driving without this new enlarged license plate will be prohibited, with the offending driver receiving a citation for a traffic violation by the proper authorities, with the motorcycle in question being towed and impounded. The government means business, with the proposed fines starting at PHP 5,000 for the first violation, PHP 10,000 for the second violation, and PHP 15,000 for the third and final violation and shall merit the revocation of the motorcycle driver's license.

Since the Senate has already approved their version of this bill from their end as early as last year, both chambers of Congress shall convene in a bicameral session to hammer out the final version of this new law, with the finalized version being subject to the President's signature. Once the signature of the president is secured, the bill shall become law, and the LTO and other concerned agencies and stakeholders shall then come up with the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

Once this bill becomes a law, the LTO will have a year to produce new enlarged license plates for all motorcycles. With issues surrounding the issuance of new plates happening even now, we hope that this will be a smoother experience this time around.