Earlier this week, news of the LTO apprehending riders for having no plates or unreadable plates combined with PhP50,000 up to PhP100,000 in fines spread like a wildfire on the internet. These are provisions of the 'doble plaka' law (Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act) which has already been passed.
A lot of motorcycle riders were very upset about the news, saying that there is no number plate to begin with, and that the penalties are very unconstitutional.
According to the LTO, this news is NOT true.
“Pinabubulaanan ng LTO ang kumakalat na FAKE NEWS patungkol sa pagpapatupad ng (The LTO denies the news about the implementation of) R.A 11235 o Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act,” says LTO through their official social media page.
The LTO further clarified that the implementation of RA 11235, which was dubbed by motorcycle riders as the “doble plaka law”, was deferred, since August 27, 2020 until further notice.
As of the agency’s announcement, the LTO was able to stamp a total of 3,025,628 number plates for motorcycles since they began printing the new, large-format plates in the third quarter of last year. However, there are still 18 millions plates to go. RA 11235 cannot be implemented until all registered motorcycles are provided plates.