Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:46
Here is another pain in the neck for law-abiding single motorcycle owners.
Each registered motorcycle in Zamboanga City might soon have to use two plates, back and front.
This, after the city council has concurred during its regular session yesterday with City Police Officer-In-Charge, Sr. Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo’s recommendation that all motorcycle units should sport back and front plates for easy identification.
Malayo’s proposal was aired just as officials of the Land Transportation Office (LTO ) led by their Regional Director, Atty. Aminola Abaton, attended the local legislature’s invitation for a dialogue, relative to the issue of legality for both private and government vehicles using LTO commemorative plates.
Malayo believes that since almost all of the killings are done by those riding in tandem, there is really a need for strict scrutiny of all motorcycles plying the city routes, “and one of the easiest way of identifying the suspects is through immediately knowing the plate numbers of their vehicles”.
However, citing the non-availability of plates for newly-purchased motorcycle units that are under registration, Abaton suggested, for the improvising of duplicate plates for both new and old motorcycle units, just to complement Malayo’s recommendation, “especially so, that this system will indeed help them (police), to speedily arrest the criminals, and solve the crimes”.
After substantive deliberations on the matter, the councilors unanimously, voted for District 2 Councilor Juan Climaco ‘Kim’ Elago’s motion of having said ‘two plates’ issue referred to committees on peace and order, ordinances and resolutions, and human rights for information dissemination, as they project that such issue will be confronted with mixed reactions, owing to the fact, that it is going to be an additional burden for motorcycle owners, “thus, the public has to be consulted on this, especially also, that such mode is not provided within Republic Act 4136, otherwise known as Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines”,said the lawyer-councilor.
The august body ended its discussion on said issue by approving Councilor Charlie Mariano’s resolution requesting LTO to come-up with a uniformed design of temporary duplicate plates of single motorcycles so that it can be presented to motorcycle owners for imitation purposes.
By Philip Abuy
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