Thousands of motorbikers protest new plate regulation

March 25, 2019 - 8:41 AM
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In this March 24, 2019 photo, thousands of motorcycle riders gather at the People Power Monument in EDSA, Quezon City. (News5/Jen Calimon)

MANILA — More than 10,000 motorcycle riders staged a motorcade on Sunday in the main highways of Manila to protest at new regulations forcing them to display bigger license plates, saying the measure would not solve the problem.

Cases of murders, robberies and other crimes perpetrated by people on motorbikes have been rampant in the Philippines, as more and more people turn to using motorbikes because the roads are so congested.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure into law this month, requiring all licensed motorbikes to display bigger front and rear plates to make them more visible to the authorities and any witnesses to crimes.

At present, registration plates are displayed only on the back.

Under the law, the font style of plates should be readable from a distance of 15 meters. For quick and easy identification, the plates need to be color-coded for each of the country’s 17 regions.

“This is not a solution for crime because a criminal will not use his own motorcycle. This is why the riding community should fight the double plate bill,” protester Joseph De Los Reyes said.

Reporting by Ronn Bautista; Writing by Enrico Dela Cruz; Editing by Alison Williams