Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act: Riding a borrowed motorcycle is now prohibited

  • The Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act was recently implemented as announced by the Land Transportation Office (LTO)
  • Under this law, riding a motorcycle that is not registered under your name is now prohibited, unless you provide a  proof of authorization by the owner
  • Motorists who fail to comply will get penalized by up to six years in prison or a fine of P20,000 to P50,000, or both

Last year, the controversial Republic Act 11235  or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act was protested by motorists pushing President Rodrigo Duterte to order its suspension in April 2019.

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But now, the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act is already being implemented as announced by the Land Transportation Office (LTO). The law requires  a motorcycle owner —defined as both the registered owner and “any person who has actual control and possession of motorcycle” — to have the registration transferred to their name within five days of acquisition.

The act came  into force last June 6th; giving riders only five days or until June 11 to comply. Riders who fail to transfer ownership will be penalized by up to six years in prison or a fine of P20,000 to P50,000, or both.

Many motorists are affected by this law especially those who are using motorcycles that may be registered under a relative’s name or those who may be using a borrowed unit. Moreover, motorists are required to stop at police checkpoints for checking.

Image from Philippine News Agency (PNA)

However, Transportation Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, also head of the LTO, said that there is another way to comply to the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, “showing the authority from the owner that [the rider] has been authorized to use the motorcycle should be used as justification.”

Sec. Galvante also added that as of this date, there is still no official format yet for this authorization. And that LTO still does not have a prescribed set of documents that riders can show to the police officers manning checkpoints.

“It can be a certification stating that the bearer is authorized by the owner to use the motorcycle, then include the description of the motorcycle,” said Sec. Galvante.


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