MEMBERS of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group begins an intensified crackdown on motor vehicle owners using illegal commemorative plates following a road rage incident involving an SUV with No. “8” plate reserved for members of the House of Representatives went viral, PNP-HPG director Chief Superintendent Roberto B. Fajardo said.
The HPG’s operation will be conducted jointly with the Land Transportation Office and will target owners of cars and SUVs using already expired commemorative plates issued during special events hosted by the country or during founding anniversaries of big agencies and other influential groups, those using plates reserved only for members of the Cabinet, Congress, Judiciary and chief of the PNP and Armed Forces.
Also to be targeted are motor vehicles and motorcycle owners who continue to use banned sirens and blinkers as well as blinding LED lights which have been the object of numerous complaints from the motoring public.
Officers manning HPG checkpoints will accost the violators and confiscate their illegal plates and gadgets and issue them traffic citation tickets that will cost them as much as P5,000 in fines.
On Wednesday, police arrested Jojo Valerio, a band member identified as the driver of an SUV with a plate No. “8” that got involved in two road rage incidents last week during an operation in a Tarlac City bar.
The suspect was positively identified by Jesusito Palma, a resident of Angeles City as the man who punched him in the face around 1:30 a.m. last Sunday before escaping in an FJ Cruiser with an ‘8’ license plate.
Valerio will be facing charges for serious physical injuries, grave threat, usurpation of authority and violation of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines.