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LTO to raise fees for double plates on motorcycles

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) seeks to increase fees for the application of the double plates once the implementing rules and regulation of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act is drafted.

Under the new law, size of motorcycle plates will be doubled.

LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante said there will be adjustment following the new law.

“Siguro kung mayroon mang adjustment— in fact ang sinigil sa kanila iyong halaga ng maliit na isang plaka lang, maaring may ibang requirement na idadagdag may reasonable adjustment, [If there will be adjustment—in fact they are currently charged for the small plates, there might be new requirements. There will be reasonable adjustment]” Galvante said.

According to the LTO, they will not release how much the additional fees will cost until a final design for the new plates is approved.

Meanwhile, various motorcycle rider groups and manufacturers raised their concerns during the Senate hearing on Tuesday. They said that there is no motorcycle designed for the new plates.

They also said there has not been a study that proves double plates will be safe for riders. The current 225mm x 200mm is the standard size for motorcycle plates that are safe to use, they added.

“For the safety concerns no current motorcycle in the Philippines are designed to support the 225mm x 200mm front and rear plate, so for us manufacturers hindi po namin maga-guarrantee ang safety dahil kailangan po nating mag-modify,” Alfredo Alejano said from MPDDA Motorcycle Manufacturer.

Alejano added that they prefer the decal or sticker plates that will be placed in front of the motorcycle instead of the metal plates.

The LTO and Senator JV Ejercito vowed to consider the suggestions.

Riders are also concerned about the harsh punishment for violators of the new law. Violators will be fined from P50,000-P100,000 or will face six months to six years imprisonment.

Senator Ejercito, meanwhile, is prepared to submit amendments in consideration of the motorcycle riders.

Motorcycle rider groups are prepared to follow the law as long as it is fair and will not compromise their safety.

“We will comply with the law as long as the law is sensible. Ang naging problema kasi dito is, a little bit half hazard iyong pagpasa ng bill. So many contradicting clauses parang hindi man lang naaral kung ano talaga ang motor (The problem is, the passage of the law is a little bit half hazard. There are so many contradicting clauses. It’s as if they did not study about motorcycles at all),” Edwin Cua said of VP Luzon Motorcyclist Federation Inc.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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First farmer-owned PH motorcycle tire brand to be launched on April 26

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol checks out the first Philippine-made motorcycle tires | Courtesy: Sec. Manny Piñol FB page

The Department of Agriculture (DA)and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to launch the first Philippine-made motorcycle tires on April 26.

DA Secretary Manny Piñol said the Pilipinas Agila Tires will offer 300×17 motorcycle tires for utility motorcycles at P700 per piece. Around 10,000 tires will be put up on sale for the first two weeks.

“The Pilipinas Agila Tires is a product of the Philippine Rubber Farmers Cooperative (PRFC) which was organised by the DA two years ago as part of the program to elevate farmers to the level of processors,” Piñol said.

He also said that the natural rubber component of the Pilipinas Agila motorcycle tires will use 100% local rubber to be bought from Filipino farmers.

Motorcycle dealers are also invited to join the launching on April 26 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila “to support the country’s farmers by promoting the Pilipinas Agila motorcycle tires,” according to Piñol—Aileen Cerrudo

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

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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

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LTO’s online medical certificate system draws flak for delays, inconveniences

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Metro Manila and Davao (Region 3) have started accepting medical certificates online from applicants for student permits, driver’s licenses and license renewals.

Memorandum Circular 2018-2157 however, requires applicants to secure a medical certificate from clinics accredited by the LTO.

LTO Regional Director Jojo Guadiz said such policy is to ensure that the medical certificates are authentic and that the applicant is indeed qualified to drive.

“Kasi po ang daming mga instances na ang mga clinic wala naman talagang doktor na nandoon either secretary lang ang nandoon o kung sinu-sino lang at may mga pre-sign na medical certificate and then bitbit ng tao ito ang medical certificate na in-issue ng clinic kuno,” Guadiz said.

“Dadalhin nila and then based on that the LTO will be issuing a driver’s license relying in good state na ang tao talaga ay fit to drive samantalang hindi pala,” he added.

Under the new directive, the accredited doctor must transmit online the soft copy of the medical certificate of a specific applicant through his or her own biometrics data encoded and registered in the agency’s IT system.

“Ni-require namin ngayon na dapat lahat po ng mga mag-a-apply ng license ngayon or magre-renew ay dadaan ng proseso na yung talagang titingin sa kanila ay doktor para makasigurado po kami na talagang may doktor, hindi po kung sino sino lang ang nasa clinic. Dapat bawat transaction po ay kinakailangan ng finger print ng doktor through a biometrics para makita ang resulta sa district office,” Guadiz added.

But disappointed clients vented out their anger on social media.

On LTO’s official Facebook page, many are complaining because only few clinics are LTO accredited and so they have to endure that long queue of applicants just to get their medical certificate.

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Crispin de Regla was disappointed because he went to a clinic only to find out that it was not yet accredited by the LTO.

 “Kung alam ko lang hindi na ako kumuha ngayon kasi ang layo. Paikot-ikot na ako. Naubos na ang pamasahe ko,” he lamented.

The LTO admits that they have not yet registered in their IT system all of their accredited clinics.

Nevertheless, the agency said it is doing its best to encode everything in their database of accredit clinics before the day ends.

The LTO apologized for the inconveniences the public experienced during the process. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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