DOTr, LTO to hold consultations on design of new motorcycle plates

Robie de Guzman   •   March 28, 2019   •   1521

Various groups of motorcycle riders staged a protest against the new law that requires bigger and more readable plate numbers

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has assured to consult the public on the design and implementation of larger and doubled plate numbers for motorcycles.

Under the newly-signed Republic Act No. 11235 or the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act,” motorcycles are required to have license plates at the front and back of the vehicle, with plate details readable from a distance of 15 meters.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said they will meet with motorcycle riders and other concerned sectors to hear their suggestions and address any reservations on the new policy.

“Magkakaroon ng consultation sa motorcycle riders. Pakikinggan natin ang mga suhestiyon para mapaigting ang safety and security,” Tugade said during the Transport Talks press briefing held at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on March 26.

(We will hold a consultation with motorcycle riders. We will hear their suggestions to intensify safety and security.)

“Sa pagpapatupad ng bagong batas na ito, hangarin natin ang kaligtasan ng rider, ng sakay niya, gayundin ang seguridad ng publiko na siyang sentro ng batas na ito,” he added.

(In implementing this new law, we are aiming for the safety of the rider and his passenger. The law is centered on the security of the public.)

The DOTr and LTO also presented during the briefing the samples of larger motorcycle plate designs.

LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Galvante, however, emphasized that the materials and design of the new plates is still open for suggestion.

He also stressed that the law does not specifically state that the plate be made of metal, as claimed by some motorcycle rider groups opposing the measure.

“Wala pong provision sa batas na nagsasabing metal plates ang gagamitin. Materials should be sturdy enough to have a plate that is readable. Welcome po ang DOTr at LTO para tanggapin ang inyong mga suhestisyon,” Galvante said.

(There is no provision in the law stating that metal plates should be used. The DOTr and LTO is open to accept suggestions.)

Aside from proposed plate designs, the DOTR is also considering the use of conduction stickers and decals with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).

Duterte signed the Republic Act 11235 or the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act” last March 8. It aims to prevent crimes by making number plates more readable and color-coded based on the Philippine regions for quick and easy identification.

READ: Duterte signs law requiring bigger, color-coded plates for motorcycles

Under the law, driving without a readable number plate can result in imprisonment and a fine of P50,000 to P100,000. Law enforcers will also seize the motorcycle and such will only be released upon proof of ownership, payment of the costs of seizure, and compliance with a number plate or readable number plate.

If a motorcycle number plate is lost, damaged or stolen, its owner is required to immediately report it and request a replacement or face a fine of P20,000 to P50,000.

The use of stolen plates will be meted out a fine of P50,000 to P100,000.

Motorcycle owners with number plates not in conformity with the law’s provisions are required to renew their registration and apply for the new number plates before June 30 this year.

The law mandates the LTO and other concerned government agencies to produce the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Act within 90 days from its effectivity. – Robie de Guzman

First set of Dalian trains to hit MRT-3 tracks Tuesday

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

The third set of MRT-3 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian

MANILA, Philippines – The first set of China-made Dalian trains will be deployed at the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Tuesday night, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced.

“Starting today, 15 October 2019, one Dalian train set (equivalent to three train coaches) will hit the tracks of MRT-3 mainline during evening off-peak hours, from 8:30PM to 10:30PM,” the DOTr said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The DOTr said this development comes after MRT-3’s Japanese maintenance provider, Sumitomo Corporation-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – TES Philippines signed a consent for the limited deployment on one Dalian train set.

The said consent, according to the DOTr, indicates that the train set will be deployed for an initial trial period until the maintenance provider begins its rail replacement works in November 2019.

“Currently, three Dalian train (9 train coaches) sets have already completed the necessary commissioning and validation tests including the 150-hour run. Each Dalian train set has a three-car configuration that can carry 1,050 passengers per trip,” the DOTr said.

Each train set can carry up to 1,050 passengers.

Around 48 Dalian trains were purchased by the Aquino administration for P3.8 billion but most of it have not been used over doubts of its compatibility with the current MRT tracks.

Its deployment was delayed as the MRT-3 management had to wait for the consent of Sumitomo Corp. which maintains and rehabilitates the line.

Challenge accepted: Panelo to commute to Malacañang on Friday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salavador Panelo

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has accepted the challenge to commute to Malacañang on Friday (October 11).

Panelo previously rejected the dare presented by Anakbayan on Tuesday (October 8) after the former refuted there is a “mass transport crisis” in Metro Manila.

But Panelo then accepted the challenge on Wednesday (October 9) and said he will commute from his home to Malacañang on Friday.

“The challenge to commute is accepted. This coming Friday I’ll take the jeepney and the LRT (Light Rail Transit) in going to work,” Panelo said in a text message.

Anakbayan also challenged Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Manila Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) Celine Pialago to “commute to work every day for a week to experience the hellish reality of our everyday commute”.—AAC

Poe wants P27M fund for road safety programs

Robie de Guzman   •   October 3, 2019

Senator Grace Poe ( EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO)

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday said she would move for the reinstatement of the P27-million fund for road safety programs, logistics, and equipment during the 2020 budget hearing of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

During the hearing of the Senate committee on public services on bills seeking to declare every third week of November as World Day of Remembrance for road crash victims, Transportation Undersecretary Mark Richmund de Leon revealed that the 2020 DOTr budget has no appropriation for road safety programs.

He said the road safety fund was lodged in the motor vehicle users’ charge that was modified last year.

“Unfortunately, ni piso, walang pondo (for road safety),” he said.

Poe, who chairs the committee, lamented the absence of the road safety fund and vowed to push for its allocation to purchase breathalyzers which are used to test the alcohol level of motorists.

“It has to be funded, it has to be a priority kasi prevention and safety are paramount in the transportation system that we have…Tingin ko naman, magagawan ng paraan kasi buhay ang poprotektahan,” Poe said in a separate interview.

In the same hearing, families of victims of car crash told the panel that a number of cases involving vehicular accidents have been dismissed due to lack of evidence such as proof that the driver was drunk because there was no test conducted.

“‘Yung ‘pag test kung lasing ang isang driver, kasama ‘yan sa road safety, pati ‘yung drivers’ education, at iba pang programa, kaya nga diumano mga P27 million ang budget na kailangan nila rito. Bukas, magkakaroon ng pagdinig ng DOTr para sa budget, gusto ko sanang ma-reinstate ang programa na ito,” Poe said.

Meanwhile, Poe also presided over the committee’s third technical working group which seeks to formulate a transportation master plan to alleviate the plight of commuters and motorists.

The senator said that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) reported that the project list drafted in 2014 containing priority infrastructures is still being updated and completed.

The list that will come from various implementing government agencies will form the Roadmap 2.

Poe also said that NEDA reported another plan called the Philippine Transportation System Master Plan that would include projects outside the Greater Capital Region.

The plan is still being drafted and is expected to be completed in December.

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