Thousands of motorbikers protest at Philippines’ new plate regulation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure into law this month, requiring all licensed motorbikes to display bigger front and rear plates. (AFP file photo)
Updated 24 March 2019
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Thousands of motorbikers protest at Philippines’ new plate regulation

  • Cases of murders, robberies and other crimes perpetrated by people on motorbikes have been rampant in the Philippines
  • President Rodrigo Duterte signed a measure into law this month, requiring all licensed motorbikes to display bigger front and rear plates

MANILA: More than 10,000 motorcycle riders staged a motorcade on Sunday in the main highways of the Philippine capital Manila to protest at new regulations forcing them to display bigger license plates, saying the measure would not solve the problem.
Cases of murders, robberies and other crimes perpetrated by people on motorbikes have been rampant in the Philippines, as more and more people turn to using motorbikes because the roads are so congested.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure into law this month, requiring all licensed motorbikes to display bigger front and rear plates to make them more visible to the authorities and any witnesses to crimes.
At present, registration plates are displayed only on the back.
Under the law, the font style of plates should be readable from a distance of 15 meters. For quick and easy identification, the plates need to be color coded for each of the country’s 17 regions.
“This is not a solution for crime because a criminal will not use his own motorcycle. This is why the riding community should fight the double plate bill,” protester Joseph De Los Reyes said.


Blast near Afghan university kills two, injures 10

Updated 15 min 7 sec ago
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Blast near Afghan university kills two, injures 10

  • No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack
  • Explosion happened when a number of students were waiting near the campus gate to attend an exam
KABUL: An explosion on Friday outside an entrance to Kabul University in the Afghan capital killed at least two people and injured 10, officials said.
Health ministry spokesman Wahid Mayar said two bodies and 10 injured people had been taken to hospital after the blast. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility.
A student at the university campus said the explosion happened when a number of students were waiting near the campus gate to attend an exam. An eyewitness said that a vehicle caught fire after the explosion.
Kabul police spokesman Faramarz Firdaw said a police team defused a second bomb that was placed close to the explosion site near a university gate.