After sirens, PNP eyes campaign vs commemorative plates

Posted at 07/07/2010 12:37 PM | Updated as of 07/07/2010 12:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - After implementing a strict ban on unauthorized sirens and blinkers, police are now training their sights on commemorative license plates that are being used illegally for number coding exemption.

Director Roberto Rosales of the National Capital Region Police Office said he will recommend a ban on the use of commemorative plates since it has become a habit of some motorists to abuse the use of these plates.

"Some drivers use these plates just to show or bully other people. I am trying to work out a way to ban those plates," he said.

The Land Transportation Office has issued a memorandum circular that lists 20 commemorative plates that are exempted from confiscation. The LTO said the plates must be installed next to the regular plate.

Since the issuance of the circular, many violators have been caught.

One violator admitted that he bought the commemorative plate at the LTO for P3,500 to get around the number coding scheme. Police say some LTO personnel are making money out of these plates.

Rosales, meanwhile, said the police will continue to strengthen its campaign against the illegal use of blinkers and sirens. The NCRPO on Monday said it has confiscated 148 illegal blinkers and sirens used by civilians, six days after President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ordered authorities to enforce its ban.