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        Big bikers group spearhead ‘Highway Run’ to celebrate 14 years of tollways access

        Exciting treats await participating riders
        by Aris Ilagan Sep 28, 2021
        PHOTO: Paul del Rosario

        The number of big bikers cruising Philippine tollways has noticeably grown in recent years. For owners of 400cc motorbikes, taking the open road is a no-brainer—tollways shorten travel time and make the ride more relaxing.

        This could not have been possible without the efforts of biker groups, which endured long and tedious court battles for motorcycles with big engine displacements to be allowed to pass through tollways. At the forefront of the legal battle against the ‘Revised Rules and Regulations on Limited Access Facilities’ issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was Mad Dogs Motorcycle Club, Philippines, one of the country’s oldest exclusive bike clubs whose members are mostly cruiser enthusiasts.

        On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Mad Dogs PH will lead the so-called Highway Run on select tollways owned by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) in celebration of 14 years of big bike access.

        Back in September 2007, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) finally allowed motorbikes with engine displacement 400cc and above to use the local tollway networks. However, historical records claimed that the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) had already issued a ruling in favor of big bikers a few years back, but was disregarded by the tollways management before the TRB finally lifted the motorcycle ban.

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        Throughout the court proceedings, Mad Dogs PH did not waver until the government and the Philippine National Construction Company (PNCC), which previously owned the tollway systems, granted access to big bikes on the expressways.

        “On September 28, 2007, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) granted the request of the community to lift the toll road ban on motorcycles with a displacement of 400cc and above. Today, we celebrate our freedom on Philippine highways,” the club said in a statement.

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        In partnership with Petron, BMW Motorrad Philippines and SMC, Mad Dogs PH will stage the fun run at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

        Exciting treats await the participating riders at select Petron stations along the SMC-owned tollways. It includes free neck tubes for the first 100 participants to arrive, a loot bag containing stickers, and a voucher that entitles the bearer to one round of free beer at the Handlebar Bar and Grill in Makati City, where cruiser lovers are known to hang out.

        The first 70 riders at the two designated Petron stations (SLEX southbound-San Pedro, Laguna area; and TPLEX northbound-Pura, Tarlac area) will also get a free liter of Petron Sprint motorcycle engine oil. They just need to purchase P-300 worth of Petron products and take a selfie with their motorbike at the fuel station.

        See you on Saturday!

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