Published: Thursday 21 June, 2018

PNP Confiscates Commemorative Plates Being Used to Intimidate Traffic Officers!

It’s about time commemorative plates are banned from the roads! The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) started confiscating commemorative plates on Wednesday and, hopefully, they will not stop until all such plates are confiscated.

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PNP HPG operative confiscate commemorative plates. (Twitter/News5 AKSYON)

So, what’s wrong with using commemorative plates? Abuse! These plates, most bearing the names of ‘powerful’ groups or government agencies, are being used to intimidate traffic enforcers to evade arrest especially for number coding violations.

This is the reason why the most popular commemorative plates in use are those bearing such initials as ‘NBI’ , CIDG’, ‘DOJ’ and ‘PNP’, and such jobs as ‘Lawyer’ or ‘Prosecutor’.

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Such plates suggest that the vehicle is owned or driven by an influential person who should not be meddled with by an ordinary traffic enforcer!

“Ito ‘yung nag-trigger dahil inaabuso talaga,” said HPG director Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo.

ALL commemorative plates are now illegal because, according to the MMDA, the “display period for any commemorative plate shall be one (1) year from the month following its approval by the DOTC Secretary.”

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According to Fajardo, the last time that the Land Transportation Office authorized commemorative plates was years ago in 2013.