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Maling mali! Ruffy Biazon frowns on law requiring motorcycles to put plates at front, back

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Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon disagrees with the new law requiring motorcycles to have bigger plates on both their front and back portions.

Biazon, who chaired the House of Representatives’ Technical Working Group which discussed the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act (Republic Act 11235) when it was still a bill, said he does not support having plates in front of motorcycles.

“I rejected the idea of plates on the front of motorcycles, on the grounds of safety & efficiency. Current motorcycles are not designed with plates in the front. In the House version, it only prescribed plates in the rear,” he said in a tweet posted Friday.

Biazon warned that the new law will result in zero sales and importation of motorcycles which don’t have the proper design to accommodate bigger plates.

“Section 14 of the Bigger Motorcycle Plates law prohibits sale & importation of motorcycles w/can’t accommodate plates in front. That would mean zero sales & importation until manufacturers redesign their motorcycles to accommodate such, safety & aerodynamics considered,” he said.

RA 11235 also requires the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to issue bigger, readable and color-coded license plates to every motorcycle in the country. The plates should be big enough so they could be read from a distance of at least 15 meters from the motorcycle.