Baguio City, Philippines – An ordinance prohibiting vehicles without registration plates to travel in Baguio City gets the second reading approval of the city council.
“No plate, No travel” policy was proposed by the Committee on Public Utilities, Transport, and Traffic Legislation because several vehicles without plate numbers are being observed traversing the roads in the city, and that most of these vehicles are allegedly being used for criminal activities.
A plate number, according to the committee, is needed for the identification of the vehicles, for safety and security reasons, especially in cases of vehicular accidents.
Councilor Benny Bomogao, in an interview with PTV Cordillera, explained that the ordinance is based on RA 4136 or the Land Transportation Code of the Philippines, requiring a plate number to be attached to a vehicle at all times.
“Linocalize natin ito para kahit sinong traffic enforcer dito sa Baguio City, ay i-implement ito. Kasi pag wala tayong local ordinance dito, only the organic personnel of LTO at mga deputized enforcement units of LTO lang ang makaka-enforce nito,” Bomogao added.
Under the ordinance, all vehicles without licensed plate numbers, conduction stickers, or temporary plate numbers from Land Transportation Office (LTO) will not be allowed to travel.
Motorists whose plate numbers have been confiscated due to a traffic violation must show their Temporary Operator’s Permit or Traffic Citation Ticket to the apprehending officers.
The ordinance penalizes those who will be caught violating the policy to pay an amount of P2,500 to P5,000.
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