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LTO open to suggestions on new motorcycle plates.

By Alexandria San Juan

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said they are open to suggestions from various motorcycle groups on the size or design of the new license plates so long as it follow the guidelines of the law.

"Kung may suggestions sila na hindi naman lumalabag doon sa kautusan ng batas, i-aaccept naman namin yun (If they have suggestions that is not contrary to law, we will accept them)," LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said in an interview.

According to Galvante, they were given a "little leeway" in producing the plates but this must be readable from a distance of 15 meters from the vehicle.

Various motorcycle groups greeted with protests the new law signed recently by President Duterte that requires motorcycles to attach bigger license plates for easy identification in a bid to curb crimes.

Under Republic Act No. 11235, or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, the LTO is mandated to produce bigger and color-coded plates according to region for quick and easy identification.

The agency is also tasked to choose the font style of bigger plates that will be displayed on the front and back of a motorcycle, and must be readable from a distance of at least 15 meters.

While there was no exact size stated in the law, Galvante said they are now crafting and testing samples of the new license plates to check if it is readable from a distance of 15 meters.

"Walang binigay na guide dito, walang binigay na sukat. Kaya kami ang magde-determine ng sukat. Actually, kagabi sinubukan na namin. Mayroon kaming mga samples na kung gaano kalaki at sinubukan namin kung hanggang saan ito mababasa (No dimension was specified by the law that's why we have to determine this. Actually we tested this last night. We tested various samples of license plates to determine how far they can be read)," he shared.

Galvante added they are also taking into consideration different shades and colors of the plate to see if it will be readable even at night.

The LTO chief said they are given at least three months or no more than 90 days to process and release the new motorcycle plates, while motorcycle owners can now register their vehicles until June 30.

Meanwhile, on the concerns raised by some motorcycle groups that bigger plate number could be blown away by the wind and posed danger to bikers, Galvante assured they will create plates according to law and are safe.

"Dahil iniutos ito ng batas, responsibility rin ng may-ari ng motor na bago niya ilabas ang motor, titingnan niya kung gaano ka-secure 'yung attachment ng kanyang plaka. Ico-consider rin natin kung paano matanggal ang risk na yun (Since it's the law, it's the responsibility of the motorcycle owner to make sure the license plate is attached securely. We are also considering how to avoid these risks)," he said.

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Motorcycle riders manuever along a street in Muntinlupa Friday, March 15, 2019.President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law that would require motorcycles to have bigger license plates in a bid to prevent motorcycle riding criminals from getting away easily after committing a crime. (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

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Date:Mar 16, 2019
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