78% of plate backlog are replacement plates for doble plaka

The issue of motorcycle plate backlog has been haunting the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and has remained unresolved for the past three presidential administrations.

While there are a number of issues that eventually led to the millions of motorcycle plates still undelivered (read the story here), the LTO, now under the leadership of Assistant Secretary, Atty. Jay Art Tugade has clarified that about 9.4 million out of the estimated 12 million undelivered number plates for motorcycles are in fact just replacement plates in accordance with Republic Act 11235 otherwise known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019.

“As for motorcycles, LTO Chief [Jay Art] Tugade wishes to clarify that out of the 12 million backlogs for motorcycle license plates, 9.4 million of them will be replaced very soon with the new design, in compliance with Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act,” said the LTO in a recent statement posted on their official social media page.

The new design motorcycle license plate, as stipulated under RA 11235, dubbed as doble plaka law by the motorcycle community, is bigger, readable, and color-coded, and is made of the suitable and durable aluminum substrate material with reflectorized background and comes with security features.

“There are many problems that beset the agency and we cannot solve them overnight. But with good and efficient work and cooperation of everyone, we shall be able to resolve these problems soon enough to satisfy our customers,” added Tugade.