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MMDA extends grace period for e-bikes/e-trikes by a week

The new rules will take effect beginning May 27

Riders of e-bikes and e-trikes have one more week to comply with the new rules and regulations. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Good news for riders of e-bikes and e-trikes in Metro Manila: The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has just announced a one-week extension before traffic enforcers will start to issue tickets to anyone caught using one on certain national, circumferential, and radial roads.

The extra time will be used to continue reminding users of these vehicles of the new rules in accordance with the wishes of President Bongbong Marcos to have an educational campaign. That’s according to MMDA acting chairman Don Artes, who announced the extension during a press conference.

“We will still be not issuing violation tickets this week, but we reiterate that they are still prohibited on major roads,” Artes said. “This one-week extension will allow owners and drivers of e-bikes, e-trikes, and other similar light vehicles to comply with either registration or getting a driver’s license.”

This grace period only lasts until next Monday (May 27), when enforcers will start to impound vehicles that aren’t registered and where the user doesn’t have a license. Any vehicles that were impounded during the short-lived initial enforcement drive last month will be returned, and drivers won’t have to pay any fines.

The agency also stated that local government units have conducted extensive information drives about the new rules and the alternate routes that e-vehicles—such as e-bikes and e-trikes (as well as tricycles, pedicabs, pushcarts, and kuligligs)—can take come Monday.

So, if you are using one of these vehicles, consider yourself warned and make sure you follow the new rules, or you could see your ride being transported to an impound lot and find yourself with a hefty fine.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.