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.
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That is scary!
I heard many PUV drivers have fake driver’s licenses and that is what they give traffic enforces when they are apprehended. It is so easy to get those things in an area in Manila.
As for the car plate number, isn’t it that only LTO is allowed to manufacture that? I am not really sure about the process. But I agree with you, our government must work hard to eradicate this problem.
Sheryl of georyl.com says
wow! i saw an episode on TV (not sure if it was imbestigador) about fake plates being used by taxis but having the same plate number with a popular person’s vehicle (he’s been because of the impeachment trial) is really something! if the LTO has a computerized system for registration, they must be able to detect duplicate licenses or plates, right? then the highway patrol will just have to be on the lookout for “fake stickers” on plates…
that is what I am suggesting Sheryl. A plate number should have a barcode so that traffic enforcer can scan it and check right away if it;s fake or not
Franc Ramon says
Yes, this should really eradicate this fake plates as it gets to be used for crimes.
I hope the government agencies that handle these things will do their job relentlessly to stop these menace..
I hope too mommy Josie. And that they can also find all the syndicates behind this.
yeah this is scary. Unfortunately it is so easy to buy a fake one. Hopefully our government can formulate solutions for this soon.
I hope they can do something about this soon
I just recently went to this mall and noticed this kiosk. One of the things that they had on display were some fake licenses. It’s amazing on how they are able to do this out in the open without any worry or fear. Penalizing these kiosks is a good start for the government to show that they mean business.
jem alvarado says
The Philippine government should act now in this issue. I have watched a part of this in the news TV. It is very alarming.. The safety and security of the true owner of the car is at risk.
Teresa Martinez says
I hope the concerned government agencies will find the solution to this very soon before it happens to us or the people close to us.
I am not generalizing but most of our “kababayans” are very good in faking anything. Sad but it’s the reality but still, I am hoping that the government can do something about it.