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3-year registration validity for small-displacement bikes effective May 15

You may want to hold off on that scooter purchase until then

Small-displacement motorcycles will now have their initial MV registration valid for three years. PHOTO BY ANDY LEUTERIO

This should make life a little easier for owners of small-displacement motorcycles.

According to Land Transportation Office Memorandum Circular No. JMT-2023-2395, new vehicle registration for motorcycles with engine displacement of 200cc and below shall now be valid for three years. Previous to this memo, only bikes with 201cc and above displacement could be registered for three years.

According to LTO chief Jay Art Tugade, “Hindi natin nakikita na magkakaroon ng problema sa roadworthiness ng mga motorsiklong may tatlong taong rehistro dahil ang mga ito naman ay bagong sasakyan.”

Based on LTO’s records, an estimated two million small-displacement motorcycles are registered annually. Once the three years are up, small-displacement bike owners will have to revert to annual registration.

The Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (aka road user’s tax) shall also be valid for the first three years, after which it shall also be charged annually.

The memorandum will be effective May 15. If you’re planning to buy a small-displacement bike, you may want to hold off on the registration for a few more weeks.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.