Sen. Richard Gordon admonished Dec. 20 the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for failing to enforce Republic Act 11235, or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, which he penned.
The LTO reportedly had “unconscionable and inordinate delays” in releasing motorcycle plates and forming a joint LTO-Philippine National Police Operations and Control Center.
According to the solon, the first batch of motorcycle license plates was distributed last Aug. 27, 2020. The land transport agency had yet to produce 18 million more license plates by June next year.
“The implementation of the law has been delayed so the (Senate) Blue Ribbon committee was forced to call hearings to determine what caused the delays,” he said.
Gordon added: “Non-implementation of the law can have dire consequences for our people. Many suffered injuries or died because of this dereliction of duty.”
The investigation into the LTO’s delays discovered that five motorcycle dealers falsified documents and swindled the government out of billions of pesos worth of taxes for misdeclaration of sales.
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