Thanks to Trimotors Technolgy Corp., the Land Transportation Office (LTO) released a Memorandum Circular No. 2020-2227, that states that Private and For Hire three-wheeled vehicle as well as Quadricycle will primarily be classified as Motorcycle-Tricycle or Non-Conventional Motorcycle.
Furtheremore, upon operationalization of the new Land Transportation Management System the three-wheeled vehicle (L5), Light Quadricycle (L6), and Heavy Quadricycle (L7) motorcycles will be registered as Three-Wheeled Vehicle (TWW) . Given their roadworthiness, these types of vehicles may be allowed to pass through secondary national highways.
This means well for all Bajaj 3 wheeler owners which, as of this time, there are more than 50,000 units operating in the country. No more uneasy feeling regarding the registration of their vehicles.
It is proven to be safer and more robust than conventional tricycles since it is structurally and dynamically designed to be a 3-wheeler from the start.
It alao offers better safety in terms of handling, stability and with all wheel hydraulic brakes, better stopping power.
Recently, Trimotors introduced a new line of Maxima three wheelers for entreprenuers, the Maxima Z and Maxima Cargo as well as a family and people carririer oriented RE Special edition. You can read more about the launch here.
But we think a very interesting note in the future is for the popular Baja Qute. It is a quadricycle sold in most part of the world including India, Indonesia, Russia, that looks like a small car. With this new developement the Qute could finally be introduced here in the Philippines. It could be a very affordable, economic and desirable vehicle to own for most Pinoys.
The Bajaj Qute, earlier called Bajaj RE60, is a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, four-passenger vehicle built by the Bajaj since 2012 and was initially aimed primarily at the Indian domestic market. It is a four-wheeler, however on paper it does not qualify to be a car. It falls in an all new category called quadricycle. The Qute has characterstics of a three-wheeler as well as a car.
It is powered by a 200 cc single cylinder engine similar to the Rouser motorcycle with a capability to generate power output of around 20 bhp.
It has a metal-polymer monocoque body due to which it weighs 400 kg. Turning radius of the first four wheeler of Bajaj is 3.5m.
You can search for information about this vehicle in the worldwide web as there are many articles and videos about the Qute that came out since 2012.
This could be the ideal transporation solution to most growing Filipino families especially in the rural environment.
After three (3) long years of pursuing for the proper registration and classification for three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles, Trimotors Technology Corporation, the exclusive distributor of Bajaj three-wheelers in the Philippines, has seen one of its dreams come to fruition.
With the hopes of providing a better mode of last mile transportation for the Filipinos, top executives from the larger J-del Group of Companies, where Trimotors is part of, saw the possibility of bringing Bajaj RE to the country when they visited India in 2014. Trimotors Technology Corporation was established to import, assemble and distribute Bajaj RE in the country since 2015 up until now where it has ﬁve (5) assembly plants strategically positioned to serve the growing market with currently more than 50,000 running units and additional models that were launched . Since then, Trimotors has been continuously coordinating with different government organizations through the close monitoring of Eileen C. Gigante, the Head for External Affairs of Trimotors, just to fix the conflict in terms of the three-wheeled vehicle registration. The company has gone through different challenges along the way but with the support of those who endlessly believe in their capability everything is worth trying. Behind the lengthy process a favorable decision has been made. Based on the newly released memo by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Memorandum Circular No. 2020-2227, it is stated that Private and For Hire three-wheeled vehicle as well as Quadricycle will primarily be classified as Motorcycle-Tricycle or Non-Conventional Motorcycle but with the future developments and upon operationalization of the new Land Transportation Management System the three-wheeled vehicle (L5), Light Quadricycle (L6), and Heavy Quadricycle (L7) motorcycles previously registered as Motorcycle-Tricycle or Non-Conventional Motorcycle will be registered as 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞-𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐕𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 (𝐓𝐖𝐕). In addition to that, given their roadworthiness, these types of vehicles may be 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 if no alternate routes were designated by the local government units (LGUs) and that they must use the outer most lane or the right most portion of the road.
It is indeed a breakthrough, not only for Trimotors but for the three-wheeler industry which marks a history in the landscape the of the Philippine transportation.
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