May 08, 2008 06:02 PM Thursday Report cop violators -- Razon
By: Alfred P. Dalizon
SAYING that that no one is above the law, top Mamang Pulis Director General Avelino I. Razon, Jr. yesterday urged the public to report law enforcers who are traffic law violators themselves.
“We have a strict no plate, no travel policy and no one is exempted here. I also don’t need to emphasize anew the importance of wearing a helmet for one’s safety,” said Razon, a certified ‘Rider’ of the Philippine National Police Traffic Management Group said.
The PNP chief issued the statement in the wake of reports that some policemen are violating the “no plate, no travel” policy. There are also reports on uniformed officers or policemen in civilian clothes driving motorcycles sporting the improvised license plate ‘PULIS’ or ‘SWAT’ or vehicles without license plates or expired regular Land Transportation Office plates and commemorative plates in gross violation of the Land Transportation Code.
Razon ordered the apprehension of motorcycle riders including policemen and other law enforcers who are driving without helmets and those violating the “no plate, no travel” policy particularly inside PNP camps.
First violation of the helmet policy automatically means a P250 fine. Repeat offenders can have their driver’s licenses confiscated and eventually revoked.
He said checkpoints and chokepoints in Metro Manila and different parts of the country have been established to accost violators of the “no plate, no travel” policy and also to intercept motorcycle-riding criminals who are known for attacking targets even in broad daylight.
Razon ordered the massive crackdown on motorcycle-riding thieves in the wake of several incidents where these armed robbers have defied the police and staged daring robberies in the heart of the metropolis and other urban areas of the country.
The Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response earlier proposed a new law which will compel vehicle manufacturers and owners to permanently rivet the LTO license plates on their vehicles saying it will prevent criminals from illegally transferring car plates to their getaway vehicles.
PACER chief Senior Supt. Leonardo A. Espina said the proposal, once enacted into law, will be a major factor in stopping all forms of crimes being committed with the use of vehicles.
“The convenience of exchanging or tampering car license plates has worked to the advantage of criminal syndicates and even emboldened them to pursue criminal activities because of lesser chances of being identified and caught, thus, we are proposing the permanent riveting of license plates on vehicles to prevent illegal transfer of LTO plates especially by kidnapping gangs and other criminal syndicates,” said Espina.
He said records show that of 83 motor vehicles used in kidnappings-for-ransom, 30 have no license plates, 45 had no records at all while eight had fake or tampered plates.
There was also a previous police proposal that would require vehicle manufacturers in the country to put the plate, engine and chassis numbers of a vehicle in a non-removable aluminum plate at the front windshield of the motor vehicle. Such proposal would prevent law offenders from replacing the vehicle’s numbers and make it easy for law enforcers to spot discrepancies in the vehicle.
(The PNP leadership is asking victims of criminality and rogue officers to send their complaints through the following: Isumbong Mo Kay Tsip through 0917-8475757, the Anti-Kotong Text 0927-5151515; PNP TXT 2920, DILG Patrol 117 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org