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Electric Bikes Have To Be Registered, According To The LTO

What once was a convenient gadget for getting around villages and compounds has fast become a scourge on the streets. We’re talking about electric bikes or e-bikes, which has massively multiplied in the past few months, popping up in places where they aren’t supposed to be, like EDSA and other major highways.

Now the Land Transportation Office is cracking down on the electric bikes, and have clarified that e-bikes need to be registered just like any other motor vehicle that plys our roads, with the operator possesing the necessary license to use it.

“Hindi ka dapat nago-operate [ng e-bike] kung walang lisensya. Ang presumption, hindi mo alam kasi wala kang training…Ang registration, mandatory requirement iyan para sa insurance,” according to Francis Almora, director of the law enforcement service for the LTO.

That goes against the claims of e-bikes sellers that you do not need to have them registered or have a valid driver’s license when you purchase one from a store.

According to ABS-CBN, the LTO has begun confiscating e-bikes plying the roads of Commonwealth and EDSA, and are intensifying their efforts in the next few days.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

19 Comments

  1. Tama lang ito!
    Yung iba hindi marunong sumunod sa traffic light! Dapat kumuha din sila ng driver license! Dahil yung iba pasaway sa kalsada! Inaabuso nila ang pagiging free (hindi sila nahuhuli).
    Magaling din mag-cut! Wow parang nasa movie lang pinapanood lang ng mga mmda.

  2. I’ll have to agree with the LTO it is still a motorbike running on Electricity, just as Tesla 2 cars would. can’t exempt those just because they run on electricity or has A.I, i’m not even sure if the A.I can even work properly under our tight bumpy roads.

  3. Napaka killjoy talaga nitong LTO na LAGI NA LANG KONTRA BIDA SA BUHAY EH, LUKLUKAN NAMAN NG CORRUPT BASIC FUNCTION NYO NGA NA MAG ISSUE NG ID CARD NG LISCENCE AT PLAKA G SASAKYAN DI NYO MAGAWA KUNG ANO ANO P NAIISIP NYO PATI E BIKE PAPATULAN NYO PA MGA BWISIT KAYO

    1. Teka sir, isa ka ata sa mga pasaway na ebike user. Dalas ko makakita ng ebike user sa mainroad na walang helmet. Ang lupit diba at madalas menor de edad pa. Tama lang yan.

      1. Ebike is just like a bicycle mas mabilis pa nga minsan ang bicycle e, were talking here about sa registration hindi ung pagiging pasaway ng mga ebike user kasi hindi nman lahat pasaway tama po ba? Naghahanap lang talaga ng mapeperahan yang LTO.

      2. paano kung lagyan ko ng motor ng rechargeable na electric driller yong luma kong bisikleta, parerehistro rin ba ng LTO, naku sarap ninyong kutusan.

  4. You do not need to register you e bicycle under LTO Memorandum Circular No. 721-2006. E Bicycles are not considered LEV(Light Electronic Vechicles) provided they have working pedals and do not go over 55km/hr. If they did update the memorandum it should be posted on their website. This is just another way of HULIDAP shame on you LTO.

  5. eh yung mga kuliglig, parerehistro rin ba ng LTO kailangan din ba ng mga magsasaka ng drivers licence para ma drive nila yong kuliglig nila sa pagaarado, naku ayaw ni Pres digong yang pinahihirapan ang mga magbubukid natin LTO talaga pinabubuwag na nga ni Pres Digong yan eh.

  6. This news was released. and then, news also came about the memorandum order that LTO issued saying that E-bikes do not need licenses and registrations. Ano ba talaga?

  7. Lto really needs to be abolished. Its a factory of bad ideas ran by sha?low thinkers. Ayusin nyo muna yung kawalan ng plaka at plastic license cards. How come no one has been jailed for this up to now? Ngayon naman ipaparehistro ebike? San nyo naman kukunin yung plaka na ilalagay diyan? Ano to? Para lang madagdagan ang “income” nyo? Corruption in this country is endless. Wake up fellow citizens!

  8. Since no E-bike dealer provides any paperwork other than a receipt, it is not possible to register your E-bike without “commercial invoice of the vehicle from the country of oigin, BOC Certificate of Payment, and Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR). As I have been told, I must drive the bike from Angeles City, to San Fernando, farther than the charge will take me, just to register (without the paperwork), with the possibility of the bike being impounded? I foresee a lawsuit in the future.

  9. With all the LTO reasons on the ebike issues which they only see the situation in Metro Manila. What about those outside Metro Manila, is your reason applicable in some other places in the country? What about those in the rural places, or what about those ebikes not bought from a dealership? Those which are converted motorcycles (DIY) how do you expect them to register in the LTO when they dont have the BOC receipt or invoice from a dealership, these are just some of your requirements. I suggest that registration of ebikes in some provinces should be done in their respective municipalities, for identity of the ebikes. Then you can implement the license to operate and insurance if they travel outside the municipality, especially when they go out to national roads. pag aralan nyo nga mabuti ang mga regulations nyo bago nyo ipataw, tumingin sa buong bansa at himayin nyo ang sitwasyon. Iba ang sitwasyon sa Metro Manila at sa mga Probinsya.

  10. Ebikes are environment friendly, its cheaper to operate because charging cost is way too low as compare to gasoline on standard motorcycles, puede naman e-regulate nalang din pakuhain ng license lahat ng user ng ebike, make it easier for the owner to register their unit, hindi yong kung anu anung requirements hanapin na impossibling makuha ng ebike owner. E-bikes and e-vehicles are the transportation of tomorrow kaya dapat ngayon pa lang mas simple na ang pag register para naman yong mga cant afford nating mga kababayan ay magkaroon ng chance to have a cheaper means of transportation.

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