Yesterday, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) ordered the REVOCATION of the driver’s licenses of the three motorcycle riders who were involved in an illegal street race in Zamboanga. The third rider, who followed the riders, filmed the race, and uploaded it on Youtube also had his license revoked. The video has since gone viral not because it was a great race but because of their blatant disregard for traffic laws and ending in a mishap.
Unfortunately, these kinds of hooning, which are proudly uploaded to various social media channels by some vloggers, also put the law-abiding motorcycle riders in a bad light. Worse, videos like these lead some of the general public to believe all riders are kamote riders.
If there’s one thing the issue of the Zamboanga street racers has shown, it's that law-abiding riders are willing to help the authorities catch and rid the streets of these kamote riders. But where can they send evidence that could help authorities catch these unruly riders?
Send to LTO
If you have a video or any evidence that could help the authorities identify and penalize kamote riders, it is best to send them to any of the LTO’s official social media pages by sending them a private message.
In the case of the Zamboanga illegal street racers, LTO Region 9 has setup an official social media page called Partnership for Enhanced Road Safety. By messaging the page directly if the concern is specific to Region 9, authorities in that area can identify the traffic violators faster and more efficiently.
Here in the National Capital Region (NCR), one may contact the LTO main office’s official social media page, Land Transportation Office - Philippines or through any of their District Offices across the metro.
MotoPinas or other news sites, vloggers
Almost immediately after publishing the Zamboanga story above, a number of our readers sent us clips and videos of other vloggers and content creators who filmed and uploaded videos of some riders' blatant disregard for traffic laws on social media. They want these vloggers caught before they inspire another set of vloggers or riders to do the same.
I think it is safe to say that sites like Visor, Topbikes, Makina and others also get a ton of these messages from law-abiding riders who just want to help the authorities catch the 'bad apples' by sharing links or videos of motorcycle hooning.
While we cannot speak for them or guarantee that authorities will take action, we can assure our readers that we will try our very best to forward these videos or messages that you send to us to the correct government agency for proper disposition.
Like the national government’s 8888 hotline, do you think it is high time for the LTO to create a similar platform where law-abiding motorists can serve as active CCTVs on the road and help catch traffic violators?