Change.org petition to LTO: Suspend LED light 'ban'
MANILA, Philippines - A petition on Change.org was launched on March 27, Sunday, urging authorities to suspend the implementation of a directive concerning the use of LED lights. (Read: Online uproar: Riders reject LED ban)
Mohammad Hamsa, a motorcycle rider, took to the global petition platform to call on Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Roberto Cabrera III to immediately address the issues raised by affected motorists.
"I humbly seek your wisdom to suspend immediately the continuous implementation of the controversial LTO policy while motorcycle riders are seeking clarification on the issues they officially raised," Hamsa wrote in the petition.
Motorcycle riders complain about the alleged arbitrary enforcement of the policy, with penalties subject to the discretion of the apprehending officer. Others considered the LED prohibition as unreasonable, noting that there are existing hazardous road conditions, such as potholes and other debris on the road not easily seen with existing vehicle lights.
In January 2016, over 1,400 riders from different organizations joined a meeting at Eton Centris, along EDSA, vowing to take action on their concerns that were also raised on social media. (READ: Arbitrary? Motorcycle riders protest LED light policy)
“Mahigit dalawang buwan na po ang lumipas mula ng ilabas ng LTO ang memo sa LED lights at marami na po ang nangyari mula noon. Sa ating pagrespeto sa mga kinauukulan, tayo po ay nakipag-usap sa kanila para bigyan linaw ang nasabing memo at matiyaga rin po tayo naghintay ng kanilang desisyon. Subali't hanggang sa ngayon, tayo po ay naghihintay pa rin,” Hamsa said.
(More than two months have passed since the LTO issued its memo on LED lights, and a lot has happened since then. With our respect for the authorities, we have dialogued with them to clarify the memo and we have patiently waited for their decision. Until now, we are still waiting.”)
The delay in LTO's response posed a danger to motorcycle riders, claimed Hamsa.
“Atin pong tandaan na habang tumatagal na walang opisyal na paglilinaw ang memo sa LED lights ay nakabingit tayo lagi sa alanganin o kapahamakan,” wrote Hamsa in the petition. (Let us remember that as time goes by, while there is no official clarification regarding the memo on LED lights, we are always placed in uncertainty or catastrophe).
Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communications currently prescribes fines and penalties for land transportation violations. Motorcycle riders have contested its inconsistent enforcement.