Registration Required for E-bikes and Electric Scooters
Date posted on September 22, 2020
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) stated that personal mobility devices including electric scooters and e-bikes need to be registered. Its riders, meanwhile, must have license. This restriction is being done for the welfare of the riders and to ensure their safety while on the road.
“Generally, sa ating batas, Republic Act 4136, irregardless kung ito ay electric or gas-powered vehicle, kailangan ito ay registered at ang gumagamit ay lisensyado,” said LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante. He also said that the LTO has already submitted an initial copy of guidelines to the Department of Transportation. A memorandum circular is now being drafted by the DOTr and this will oversee all kinds of electric vehicles. Once approved by the DOTr for immediate implementation, the memorandum will be published by the LTO.
The e-scooters and e-bikes were categorized in the draft guidelines. The bigger ones may be allowed to cross main roads but not along highways or avenues. If allowed to travel along public roads, its riders are required to have protective attire. On the other hand, those on the lower category can only be used within private compounds such as village or subdivisions.
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