UNITY RIDE | Motorcyle riders flock to EDSA in protest of ‘doble plaka’ law

3 weeks ago

MARCH 25, 2019 — Thousands of motorcycle riders flocked to EDSA last Sunday to show their disapproval of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law.

The riders tagged the so-called “doble plaka” law as discriminatory.

“Parang masama ang interpretasyon sa doble plaka. Ano bang ibig sabihin nun? Mga kriminal ang riders? Hindi. Kung may nasasangkot sa krimen ‘di naman lahat,” Cely Vicedo said.

The Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act was recently signed into law by the president to curb “‘riding in tandem” crimes by requiring riders to have two registration plates — one at the front and the other at the rear.

These number plates will be larger than the current ones and have to be readable from 15 meters away.

The measure is supposed to clamp down on the use of the motorcycle in criminal activities. But riders say the new law is hardly the answer to the problem.

“Kung wala kaming plate number sa harap, suspek na ba agad kami? Ang pera napepeke, ‘yun pa kayang plaka?” Bull Riders Club of the Philippines head Felipe Rabulan said.

The riders also insist that installing a license plate at the front of the motorcycle could be dangerous.

Last week, the Senate held a public consultation on the new law.

The Land Transportation Office, meanwhile, is recommending the use of decals or RFIDs instead.

But riders think they are impractical. They are asking for a uniform size for plates of all types of motorcycles to prevent discrimination.