By Aaron Recuenco
The recent killing of a police sergeant in Quezon City and other crimes committed over the years are but some of the reasons the law mandating large and color-coded license plates for motorcycles should be immediately implemented, a police official said.
P/Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said Republic Act 11235, or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, should be given a chance as this would give the policemen an easier task of running after motorcycle-riding criminals.
“One argument by those who are against the new Law is that they are riders, not criminals. Well, the new Law never generalized that riders are criminals. The law simply allows for an easier system to catch criminals in motorcycles as these evil people do not wear plates at all,” said Eleazar.
“It will be easier now for the police to flag down and investigate those without plates, because of the new Law. We do not even need a checkpoint now to perform our function legally,” he added.
RA 11235 mandates that motorcycles must be fitted with plate numbers in the front and back, large enough to be read clearly from a distance of 15 meters.
The license plates will also be color coded.
Thousands of motorcycle riders protested on Sunday the implementation of the Law, arguing that the large license plates could compromise their safety as the license plates could be detached and eventually hit them.
They also argued that having large license plates was not a guarantee that the crime perpetrated by motorcycle-riding criminals would be resolved.
An NCRPO data disclosed that the crime committed by motorcycle-riding criminals have gone down by 53 percent last year compared to 2017.
But the NCRPO stressed that the recent incidents, wherein motorcycle-riding criminals were getting bolder, like the killing of a police sergeant in Quezon City recently, were proof that the government needs the law in order to contain the movement of the motorcycle-riding criminals.
“We agree with the spirit, purpose, and end-objective of this Law. We believe that this Law will help decrease crimes committed by motorcycle-riding criminals such as snatchers, holdup men, and assassins,” said Eleazar.
“We ask the public, especially our motorcycle riders to accept the new Law and embrace it without question or resentment. Let’s give it a try. This Law has been studied well by the members of our Congress and should be good for the great majority of our residents in Metro Manila at the end of the day,” he added.