Today in East Avenue headquarters of Land Transportation Office (LTO), the very first public consultation for the improvement of Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 11235 was held. RA 11234 is also called as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, it was mainly composed and supported by Senator Dick Gordon together with Senator Tito Sotto as its co-creator. The RA 11234 was recently signed as law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last March 8, 2019, and which became the main reason of dispute of the motorcycling folks.

“The IRR cannot go over or below what the law says” answered by the Land Transportation Office Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante to a question asked regarding the issue on what the agency can do to fix and improve some of the provisions of RA 11235. The public even focused on the hefty penalties and imprisonment periods for those who will be caught violating the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act. The LTO, he said, “is an implementing agency, therefore cannot amend what is stated in RA 11235.”

Regarding the disputes with the implementation of front motorcycle plates, the LTO as indicated by ASEC Galvante, is inclining towards the utilization of decals or stickers rather, much like those utilized in vehicle’s conduction stickers which keep going for nearly the whole existence of the vehicle itself. “Hindi naman sa sinasabi natin na mas magaling tayo sa lumikha ng batas… Noong una pa lang na dini-discuss yan, we [LTO] never thought of using metal material for front plates.” (We’re not saying that we’re superior to the lawmakers…even amid the early exchanges [of the then proposed bill], we [LTO] never thought of utilizing metal material for the front plates.) The Assistant Secretary additionally guaranteed that they care for the rider’s security and welfare and won’t simply pursue the law with a visually impaired eye “Lagi namin isina-alang alang kung ano yung safe and secure. Sana huwag natin isipin na basta blindly susunod tayo tapose hindi natin isina-alang alang yung kapakanan at kaligtasan ng mga gumagamit nito.” We generally think about what is protected and secure. Kindly don’t feel that we [LTO] will just indiscriminately pursue and afterward not think about the welfare and wellbeing of motorcycle riders).

ASEC Galvante conceded however that because of the many bike plans, it was intense for the LTO to define a standard front distinguishing proof framework for each of the two-wheeled steeds and repeated that they would truly value all the assistance they could get from the bike network and its industry in drafting the IRR. Likewise, ASEC Galvante talked about that some front recognizable proof frameworks of bikes that they have tried can’t be completely observed, particularly amid the night as the front light would glare, similar to that of a photo where the subject is against the light. However, “the law is the law”, he stated, and it must be executed.

“Iniisip namin, mag-prepare na kami. Yung pinaka predominant na model at kung anong size or shape nung sticker or decal na maitutugma doon. As LTO, magma-manufacture na kami ng maaaring dalawang shape, na kung anong applicable sa type ng motorsiklo mo yun ang ikakabit mo.” (We previously thought of getting ready. What bike model or configuration is prevalent and what sticker size and shape would fit. As the LTO, we will begin fabricating, state, two shapes and whatever is pertinent to your motorcycle, that is the one you will put) added by ASEC Galvante.

Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante also cleared to the public that their thought of using stickers or decals are not yet finalized and that the Land Transportation Agency will be free for recommendations . “Isang idea lang yun na ine-entertain namin para makapag patupad tayo sa ine-intensyon ng batas. But again, wala pang desisyon dyan. Kung ano ang maisa-suggest nyo na practical, durable…tatanggapin namin yun.” (That is just a solitary one of the thoughts that we’re engaging with the goal that we could begin executing the expectation of the law. Yet, once more, there’s no choice and that is not yet last. Whatever you can propose that is down to earth, strong… we will acknowledge that.)