What will you do if you found out that your vehicle’s license plate number was being used by someone? It is devastating, right? This is what happened to a Cebu based businessman who saw a footage of Ex- Chief Justice Renato Corona boarding on a black Chevrolet that has the same plate number with his L300.
The plate number was said to be “ZEE 868” which when investigated by HPG (The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group), was said to be under the name of Bonifacio Gomez Jr., the president of Nutripharm Inc.
Mr. Gomez is only one of the many motorists around the globe who was being victimized by syndicates that handles this fake licensing racket which can also relate to other crimes like carnapping. Fake license plates can be used by criminals which motives involve robbery-holdups and kidnappings. Organized crime groups are known for using stolen motor vehicles with fake plates to mislead authorities and the public.
It is alarming that HPG confiscates an average of 300 fake driver’s license every month. For a span of just 5 months this year (Jan-June 2012) there was already a total of 547 carnapping cases recorded. Sound scary, right?
On acquiring driver’s license, the Philippine National Police has urged the public not to succumb to these illegal transactions. The public should know the effect if they will have a duplicate license plate number so that they will undergo the right process in getting driver’s license. Doing so will discourage these rogue operators.
The Government should act immediately and do their best to hunt for these syndicates. Just like fake money, the Government should put a serial number or barcode or any special security mark on license plates to identify it easily if it is fake or not.