QC mayor wants ordinance on “plaka vest” refiled

MANILA — Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said Friday he supports the plan to refile a proposed ordinance requiring motorcycle riders to wear safety vests bearing the plate number of the motorcycle they are driving for easy identification by law enforcers.

The proposed ordinance was meant to help curb and solve the increasing number of street killings that involve riding-in-tandem hit men.

Bautista noted that most street crimes in QC, particularly shooting incidents, were perpetrated by motorcycle-riding gunmen.

The mayor said the city government has been investing in high-tech equipment and facilities, such as the newly launched Emergency Operation Center (EOC) that is equipped with 243 CCTV cameras, to monitor streets for traffic and other emergency situations.

“Hindi lang sa emergency ang EOC natin. Isang malaking bahagi nito ay para sa crime prevention campaign ng QC (The EOC is not only for emergency situations, but also for the city’s crime prevention campaign),” he pointed out.

Bautista said his administration is gearing to have a drug-free and crime-free city. Thus, he said, he wants to solve the problem on riding-in-tandem gunmen by passing an ordinance requiring motorcycle riders to wear reflectorized vests emblazoned with plate numbers.

The proposed ordinance for the so-called “plaka vests” or plate vests, was introduced by 2nd District Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica. It was however vetoed following opposition from various groups of motorcycle riders.

Bautista said he will also push for inclusion in the ordinance the mandatory wearing of helmets while passing through secondary or barangay streets, as well as the prohibition of wearing caps when entering business establishments. PNA/northboundasia.com