All users of electric scooters, trikes, and kick scooters, here’s a heads-up: The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued a fresh warning these forms of alternative mobility are not to be operated on main thoroughfares, as doing so constitutes a violation of Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
In a DZBB interview earlier today, September 22, LTO chief Edgar Galvante issued the warning in the wake of the surge in popularity of these modes of transport not only Metro Manila, but also in other urban centers, as a result of the public-transport shortage during the COVID-19 quarantine.
In the absence of a national law that governs the use of the said devices, Galvante pointed out that these are not allowed on major roads. “Pwede naman nilang gamitin yan sa mga compound lang kung saan hindi sila makikipagsabayan sa mga regular vehicles,” the LTO official stressed.
He also reminded owners of such devices to register their units “for monitoring.” Only after the official guidelines for the use of electric-powered alternative mobility has been released by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will the LTO require some of the units to be registered.
The requirement for registration will depend on the power of the device’s electric motor. Users of electric scooters, trikes, and kick scooters with powerful motors will also be required to get an LTO driver’s license. They must also also wear proper riding gear when they hit the road. “Para rin sa kapakanan nila yan,” Galvante emphasized.
Asked if the users could run on bike lanes or sidewalks, Galvante said this will depend on the regulations to be issued by different local government units (LGU). As of now, there will be no apprehension for riders of unregistered units, he assured, but those caught blatantly violating traffic laws will be apprehended, and their devices will be impounded by traffic authorities.
The former police official said he is expecting the DOTr to release the approved guidelines for electric scooters and kick scooters soon.