Why Bistek vetoed 'plaka vest' ordinance

Posted at 08/19/14 3:28 PM

MANILA – Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista is vetoing a controversial city ordinance that requires motorcycle riders to wear vests bearing their motorcycles' plate numbers.

Speaking to dzMM, Bautista said he vetoed the ordinance since he wants a more comprehensive policy on the use of motorcycles in the city.

He said although he vetoed the motorcycle vest ordinance, this policy will still be considered in the crafting of the comprehensive motorcycle ordinance.

''Noong binabasa ko ang napag-usapan, merong debate, merong discussion, nakita ko na maraming mga tanong doon na kailangan pa ring sagutin. Isa yun sa naging basehan kung bakit natin na-veto ang ordinance,'' Bautista told dzMM.

The mayor said he has given Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte and the city council one month to craft the comprehensive motorcycle ordinance.

He said the ordinance may include the proposed policies of limiting the number of passengers on a motorcycle, barring two people who are relatives from riding a motorcycle together, and identifying roads in the city which motorcycle riders are only allowed to use.

Bautista said all stakeholders will be consulted in the crafting of the comprehensive motorcycle ordinance. He said city officials and other stakeholders have already met to discuss their respective positions.

Quezon City is seeking to implement a tight policy motorcycle use in the city following a spate of crimes involving motorcycle-riding gunmen and robbers.