Darroca on Thursday said the recentmove was in accordance to the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10054, or thelaw that mandates all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective helmetswhile driving; and RA 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. “Oplan Disiplina” generated a totalincome revenue of P3,290,000 as fines for around 2,517 motorcycles, 169tricycles, three cars, and a truck that were impounded last year./PN He noted everyone, including backriders must wear approved motorcycle helmets in all areas of the town. Onlythose children who can reach the footrest of the motorcycle are allowed to rideat the back. Motorcycle drivers without helmet and motorcycle plate will be prohibited from plying the roads of San Jose, Antique and violators will face stiff penalties, says Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca of the San Jose police station. PN FILE PHOTO The backlog in license plates fromFeb. 2014 to June 2016 was pegged at around 5.8 million for vehicles andanother 2.5 million for motorcycles. Problems in supply materials wereidentified by Galvante as the source of delay.   Nobody is exempted from these laws,Darroca added, as he encouraged the community to report violating policepersonnel and traffic enforcers. “If you cannot afford a helmet, thereis no reason for you to ride a motorcycle or you can choose to ride a bike,commute or walk. You should try your best to buy one or else you are notallowed in the streets. This is for your own good,” Darroca said, adding it isbetter to comply than to be penalized. He added the strict implementationwill lessen or prevent more deaths on vehicular accidents while motorcycleplates will help authorities easily identify registered motorcycles. Meanwhile, he said temporary platesare still allowed since there are motorcycle owners who have not yet receivedtheir plates from the LTO and the companies. Darroca said the Land TransportationOffice (LTO) has deputized the police here for the job and the move waswelcomed by town mayor Elmer Untaran. Since September last year, authoritieshave been implementing “Oplan Disiplina” or intensified implementation ofmunicipal traffic ordinance and RA 4136 that resulted in lesser road accidentsand traffic violators which improved discipline among drivers in this town. LTO chief Edgar Galvante said lastyear the LTO planned to release the license plates from 2014 to June 30, 2016 –by the middle of 2020. The Commission on Audit last yearlifted its notice of disallowance, following the Supreme Court decisionupholding the P3.8-billion Motor Vehicle License Plate Standardization programof the previous administration. Adjustments had to be made on thelicense plate material as the plate-making plant of the LTO had differentedgings from the previous supplier. The San Jose police station strictlyimplements RA 10054 (Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009), RA 10586 (Anti-Drunk andDrugged Driving Act of 2013) and RA 10666 (Children’s Safety on Motorcycle Actof 2015).    San Jose, Antique – Motorcycle drivers without helmet and motorcycle plateare prohibited from plying the roads of this capital town – violators will facestiff penalties, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca of theSan Jose police station.

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