Bills in Progress

Senate Bill No. 1158 - Banning the Issuance of Low-Numbered

An Act Banning the Issuance and Use of Low-Numbered Protocol License Plates on Vehicles of Ranking Government Offcials

14th Congress of the Philippines)
of the Philippines              )
Third Regular Session           )

S. B. No. 1158

Introduced by Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr.



     This bill seeks to prohibit the issuance of low‑numbered protocol or courtesy or vanity plates for high ranking government officials.

     The Mandate of The Constitution cannot be over-emphasized. “Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.                       

     Many high ranking government officials and middle‑level bureaucrats today roam our streets like members of royalty in heavily tinted vehicles sporting low‑numbered car plates.  They evoke a false impression that these favored few are exempt and insulated from the reach of traffic rules and regulations.

     These low‑numbered car plates smack of delusions of grandeur.

     There is no legitimate reason for ranking government officials to be accorded this kind of special privilege.  Since they are public servants, they should be at the forefront in observing road regulations that are to be followed by all.  They should lead by example.

     Hence, the passage of this bill is earnestly requested.







             Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:


SECTION 1.  Policy. –The recognition of equal rights for all people is essential to a democratic republic.  It shall be the policy of the State to promote such equality for the general welfare.

SEC. 2. Ban. –The issuance and use of low‑numbered license plates for vehicles of ranking government officials are hereby banned.  All low‑numbered license plates starting from No. 2, all the way down to the numbers now being assigned to Cabinet members and bureau directors issued in the past are hereby cancelled and deemed withdrawn.

SEC. 3. Desistance from Issuance. –Upon the effectivity of this Act, the Land Transportation Office shall forthwith desist from issuing protocol or courtesy, or vanity, or low‑numbered license plates for the official use of high government officials or other persons.

SEC. 4. Penalties. –Any person driving or using low numbered license plates on his or her vehicle after the effectivity of this Act shall, upon conviction, be fined a minimum of Ten thousand pesos ( eq O(P,=)10,000.00), to maximum of Fifty thousand pesos ( eq O(P,=)50,000.00) or imprisonment of one month and one day as minimum to six (6) months as maximum.  Any official or employee of the Land Transportation Office who shall issue or cause the issuance of protocol, courtesy, or vanity, or low numbered license plates shall be subject to the same penalties provided in the preceding paragraph.

SEC. 5Exemptions. –The official vehicles of the President and those of representatives of foreign states, as provided by any treaty, agreement or protocol sanctioned by international law or practice shall likewise be exempted from the ban on the use of protocol plates.  These exemptions shall not apply to representatives of foreign states or international organizations that do not grant Filipino diplomatic representatives similar privileges.

SEC. 6Repealing Clause. –All laws and executive orders, rules and regulations, or any part thereof, which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SEC. 7Separability Clause. –In case any provision of this Act is declared unconstitutional, such declaration shall not affect the other provisions, which shall remain valid

SEC. 8Effectivity. –This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.