President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act that requires the use of bigger, readable, and color coded number plates for motorcycles and scooters.
The President signed R.A. 11235, which seeks to secure and safeguard citizens from crimes committed with the use of motorcycles, on March 8, Friday, but a copy of the law was only published on Thursday, March 14.
Under the new law, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will issue new number plates readable from the front, the back, and the side of the motorcycle from a distance of at least 15 meters.
The LTO will also devise a color scheme of the readable number plates for every region in the Philippines based on where the motorcycle is registered for quick and easy identification.
The readable number plates must be displayed in both the front and back sides of a motorcycle, and shall be made of suitable and durable material as determined by the LTO.
People caught driving a motorcycle without a readable number plate will face prison correccional ( 6 months and 1 day to 6 years of imprisonment) as provided in the Revised Penal Code.
Violators can also be fined not less than Php 50,000 but not more than Php 100,000.
Law enforcers will also have authority to seize motorcycles without readable number plates in the streets. The vehicle will then be surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The owner can only retrieve the seized motorcycle from the LTO upon proof of ownership, payment of the costs of seizure, and compliane with a readable number plate.