News Update on Motorcycle Plates in Manila, PHL

In Manila, Philippines, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) governs and regulates the registration of vehicles such as PUV or public utility jeepney, private cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Early this year, the said regulating agency said that they are willing to accept suggestions from different motorcycle associations. The suggestions would be regarding on the design and size of the new license plates. However, it should comply with the guidelines of the law.

Mr. President Rodrigo Duterte approved a law that would demand motorcycles to incorporate license plates in a bigger size. The said law would have to avoid criminals riding in a motorcycle to get away quickly after carrying out a crime. Policymakers made laws like the law for cannabis all over the news. The LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante mentioned in one of his interview,

In case motorcycle riders have suggestions connected with this and would not be contradicting to the law, all of those will be accepted.

LTO Assistant Secretary said that they produce plates that are readable 15 meters from the vehicle. However, this new law approved by the President of the Philippines has been welcomed by lots of protests from motorcycle riders.

Republic Act No. 11235

The RA 11235 or known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act is a mandate to create a larger and color-coded plates depending on the region. This is to identify it easily and quickly. Moreover, the LTO is also given the responsibility to opt for the style of the font suitable for bigger plates.

The location of the plate will be displayed on the front and back of the motor vehicle like that from Johnburrcycles. However, there was no exact size imposed within the law. The LTO Assistant Secretary crafted and made samples of new plates to verify the readability at 15 meter distance. Moreover, the agency also consider various color shades for the plate. Their goal is to determine its readability even in the dark.

RA 11235 Effectivity date

LTO are given a time frame of at least three months or not greater than 90 days in plate processing. Moreover, the said timeline also includes the release of new plates for motorcycles. Meanwhile, motor owners can start to register their motorcycles until June 30 this year. And since it is imposed by the law, the motorcycle owners have all the responsibility to ensure the security of attaching the plates.