DOTr, LTO to hold consultations on design of new motorcycle plates
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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.
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
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Hatchback-type and sub-compact cars will now be allowed to operate as transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Friday.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the department order which was announced by Transport Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran to media.
“Sec. Tugade signs the Department Order permanently allowing hatchbacks and sub-compact cars as TNVS units,” Libiran told reporters in a message.
A copy of the order has yet to be furnished to the media.
The formal signing of the department order follows Tugade’s directive on Thursday for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to implement its Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-005, which allows hatchback units to operate as public transport on certain conditions.
Tugade issued the instruction following complaints from stakeholders on the matter.
“Kung kailangang baguhin ang ilang dokumento, baguhin. Kung kailangang i-improve, dapat i-improve,” Tugade said in a statement.
Under MC 2018-005, all accredited hatchback units shall be allowed to operate as public transport provided that they only operate during the transition period of three (3) years, only in Metro Manila, and charge a lower fare.
However, only hatchback units that were among the 55,000 units in the masterlist and whose applications were filed from March 5 to December 15, 2018 are entitled to the benefit granted by MC 2018-005.
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Richmund de Leon earlier said the LTFRB will need to amend its memorandum to allow the permanent classification of hatchbacks as TNVS units, and to re-enlist TNVS units that were previously removed from the masterlist.
He further cited that the inclusion of hatchbacks in the TNVS fleet will greatly benefit the commuting public.
“We are giving the commuters their transport options. Kung gusto niya na mas mura ang biyahe niya, mag-hatchback siya,” he said.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The construction of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) East Extension Project is now 61 percent complete, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Wednesday.
The DOTr said the project, which will add four kilometers of railway tracks from Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo City, is already at 61.93% completion rate as of June 2019.
The LRT-2 extension project will feature two stations – the Emerald station, along Marcos highway and adjoining Gil Fernando and Felix Avenues, and the Masinag station, near Sumulong highway in Antipolo City, Rizal.
The DOTr said the building of the elevated viaduct is already 100 percent complete, while the design and build of the two additional stations are currently ongoing.
“The Emerald Station in Marikina is 89.51% complete while the Masinag Station in Antipolo is at 86.86% complete,” the agency added.
Once operational, it is expected to significantly reduce the travel time from Antipolo to Claro M. Recto in Manila to 40 minutes from the current three hours.
The DOTr is targeting to begin its operations by the fourth quarter of 2020.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.
On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.
According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.
The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.
MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.
The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.
It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.
To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.
Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano
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