15 million Pinoy motorists have no valid motorcycle papers, top official saysMay 28, 2021
COTABATO CITY – About half of the 30 million motorists in the country do not have valid motorcycle registration documents, the top official of the police’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG) said Friday.
Police Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, national director of HPG based in Camp Crame in Quezon City announced during an event here Friday morning the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) need the help of the public to confront the issue.
“We have no less than 30 million motorcycle owners now in the Philippines. About half of them have expired motorcycle registration papers,” Tagum revealed. Statista estimated the Philippines has at least seven million registered motorcycles and tricycles in 2020.
Many motorists also do not have driving licenses. He did not say how many is many was.
“That explains why they keep evading our personnel whenever they see them in mobile checkpoints along the highways,” he explained.
Officials of crusading motorcycle clubs from across Cotabato City and Maguindanao province in the Bangsamoro region vowed to help address the problem during a brief meeting with Tagum here.
The HPG chief came over to personally administer their oath of membership into the local chapter of the Full Spectrum Riders Association of the Philippines (FSRAP).
He said the FSRAP is a partner of the HPG. The organization can help generate public awareness on the importance of road discipline and vigilance against abusive motorists, he added.
“So many of these millions of motorcycle owners whose documents for their motorcycles have long expired do not care about their lives and the lives of others on the highways,” Tagum said.
Muslim and Christian motorcycle owners comprise the local chapter of the FSRAP. It also has members from the non-Moro indigenous communities.
Lito Kari, the newly-installed president of FSRAP chapter, vowed to help in addressing the issue.
In the presence of reporters, Kari and his companions assured Tagum and Police Lt. Col. Joy Andrade of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of their help.
He said the club will encourage local motorists to have their motorcycles registered properly at the LTO.
The official said only with the cooperation of the local communities can the HPG rid the highways of abusive motorcycle riders. (READ: Palma mulls measures to curb Sibugay road crash incidents)
Statistics of road incidents paint a grim situation of traffic safety in the country.
Road safety experts say the leading cause of road incidents is human error. It includes driver’s negligence, distraction, or physical challenge, drunk driving, bad overtaking, bad turning, texting while driving, and over speeding.
From 2005 to 2015, the number of road crashes is rising. In Metro Manila alone, the numbers rose from 63,072 in 2007 to 116,906 in 2018.
Officials said lack of driver’s training largely contributes to human error. (with reports from John Mahusay)
PHOTO: Police Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum led Friday’s symbolic event in Cotabato City. (John Unson photo)