REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

ORDINANCE NO. 19

PROHIBITING THE OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES WITHOUT PROPER PERMITS OR AUTHORITY AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES THEREOF AS WELL AS FOR VIOLATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS.

There being an urgent necessity for enforced effectively the motor vehicle laws as well as the orders and regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles so as to protect the rights of duly authorized motor vehicle operators, and, incidentally, to conserve the limited supply of liquid fuel, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by Article III, section 14 of the Constitution, do hereby promulgate this Ordinance:

SECTION 1. No motor vehicle shall be used or operated on, or upon any public highway without (a) any permit (sticker symbol and certificate of operation) as defined under Act No. 16 of the Republic of the Philippines, or (b) without a certificate of ownership and registration, or (c) without proper number plates or tags issued to it, or (d) without any other permit or authority necessary to the nature and purpose of its operation, or (e) in violation of the conditions of any permit issued to it, except those operated by any organization or entity expressly authorized by the President of the Republic of the Philippines; nor shall any motor vehicle or trailer be operated on test or tow without first obtaining a proper permission therefor.

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper with, change, alter or deface the motor or factory numbers of a motor vehicle; or make use or attempt to make use of any permit, certificate of registration, number plate or tag in imitation, or similar with those issued under Act No. 16 of the Republic of the Philippines and the Revised Motor Vehicle Law (Act No. 3992).

SEC. 3. No owner or other person shall transfer any permit, sticker symbol, certificate of operation, certificate of registration or number plate from one vehicle to another vehicle, nor lend, give, sell or otherwise dispose of any sticker symbol, certificate of operation, certificate of registration, number plate, tag or permit issued by the Director of Public Services or his duly authorized representatives, nor use such permit, sticker symbol, certificate of operation, certificate of registration, number plate or tag belonging to another vehicle.

SEC. 4. Any violation of any of the provisions of this Ordinance or of any of the provisions of the motor vehicle or public service laws, orders and regulations concerning the registration and operation of motor vehicles, shall be punished by a fine of not less than we hundred pesos nor more than two thousand pesos or imprisonment of not less than two months nor more than two years, or both, at the discretion of the court, without prejudice to the administrative penalties which the Minister of Public Works and Communications may impose under existing laws, rules and regulations. If the violation is committed by a firm, corporation or association, the manager, managing director or the person charged with the management of the corporation, firm or association, shall be responsible therefor.

SEC. 5. The provisions of Act No. 16 of the Republic of the Philippines, the Revised Motor Vehicle Law (Act No. 3992), and other laws and orders relating to motor vehicles insofar as they may be inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

SEC. 6. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its promulgation.

Done in the City of Manila, this 19th day of May, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-four, and of the Republic of the Philippines, the first.

(Sgd.) JOSE P. LAUREL
President of the Republic
of the Philippines

By the President:
(Sgd.) PEDRO SABIDO
Executive Secretary

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library