The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) assured concerned sectors that public consultations shall be held on the design and implementation of larger and doubled plates for motorcycles, in compliance with Republic Act No. 11235, or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.
During the Transport Talks press briefing held at the LTO headquarters, 26 March 2019, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade stressed that public consultations will be conducted with motorcycle manufacturers and riders.
“Magkakaroon ng consultation sa motorcycle riders. Pakikinggan natin ang mga suhestyon para mapaigting ang 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. (We will consult motorcycle riders. We’ll listen to suggestions to ensure safety and security. When this law is implemented, we will keep the rider, his passenger, and the public’s security as priority.)” Secretary Tugade said.
Under R.A. 11235, motorcycles will have license plates at the front and back of the vehicle, with plate details readable from a distance of 15 meters.
With the need for production of larger plates, LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante assured that the increase in registration fee for the larger plates will be minimal.
Sample plate designs were then presented during the briefing, with Galvante emphasizing the LTO is open to suggestions on materials and design of the new plates.
“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 suhestyon. (There is no provision in the law requiring metal materials… The DOTr welcomes your suggestions.),” Asec. Galvante said.
Aside from proposed plate designs, conduction stickers and decals with RFID are also being considered.