Philippines’ Senator Richard Gordon criticized on Monday, detractors of a new law that necessitates motorcycles to have two bigger, readable, and color-coded number plates.
“This is a bill that protects people. It’s not all about the looks, people’s safety is of utmost importance here,” he said in an interview.
Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act or the Republic Act (RA) 11235 which was signed by the President earlier this month, seeks to control crimes committed on motorcycles by making number plates clear some 15 meters away.
Section 5 of RA 11235 states that “readable number plates must be displayed in both the front and back sides of a motorcycle and shall be made of suitable and durable material as determined by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).”
Gordon, the primary advocate of the law, added that motorcyclists could make use decals or stickers on the front, instead of metal plates.
The previous Sunday, thousands of motorcyclists in Metro Manila and other parts of the country joined a so-called “Unity Ride” in protest against the new law, which also imposed rigid penalties.
Driving without a number plate or readable number plate could be punished by prison from 6 months and 1 day up to 6 years or a fine ranging from P50,000 to P100,000.