LTO to give time to motorists on modification

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


“I CANNOT suspend the law.”

These were the words of lawyer Esteban Baltazar, regional director of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), to motorcycle club enthusiasts in Cagayan de Oro during a dialogue Tuesday.

The members of the club gathered at the LTO to air their concerns and sought clarifications on the directive about motorcycle modifications.

Baltazar said his office is willing to give time to motorcycle owners to correct their vehicles.

“Although this is already in the law, it has not been properly implemented that’s why motorists are caught off-handed,” he told Sun.Star.

Baltazar earlier issued a directive against illegal modifications of motorcycles such as changing the body and motor configuration, including addition of accessories that are reportedly prohibited under existing land transport and traffic laws, and rules and regulations.

He said under the present Land Transportation and Traffic Code and Anti-Carnapping Law, changes in the vehicle require a Philippine National Police (PNP) permit and clearance, as well the registration of the change of body, engine, chassis or color from the LTO.

“Stiff fines and penalties are imposed by the law on violators,” Baltazar said.

The LTO has directed all traffic enforcers to apprehend owners of motorcycles caught violating such law.

However, Michael Suycano of the Suzuki Raiders Club appealed to still allow the modifications provided they will abide by the public safety law such as the proper placement of standard mufflers, side mirrors and lights.

Suycano said the club members already agreed to minimize the mufflers to avoid public disturbance.

The same directive is also addressed to dealers and motorcycle shops that are unlawfully engaged in making illegal modifications.

The law also prohibits the illegal use of horns and signaling devices that emit exceptionally loud or startling noise, changing or removal of mufflers in motorcycles that cause it to emit loud noises.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 01, 2012.

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