MMDA suspends aggressive e-bike, e-trike apprehensions for 1 more week

The MMDA’s Information Drive on e-bike and e-trike regulations has been extended for another week. That said, those operating and using these types of vehicles will still not be apprehended but they can expect to be pulled over by law enforcers to remind them that they are banned along national roads.

MMDA postpones issuing tickets, apprehending e-bikes and e-trikes after May 18 deadline

Mmda E-Bike E-Trike Information Drive Extended Inline 01 Min

Photo: Metro Manila Development Authority

We can remember that only 3 days after the ban’s implementation, PBBM issued an order for MMDA to apprehensions to give more time for those using and driving e-bikes, e-trikes, and other banned light electric vehicles to know and understand that they are banned along national roads.

At that time, 290 violators were ticketed and 69 vehicles were impounded. The cancelation of the tickets and the return of the vehicles have been resolved since.

Mmda E-Bike E-Trike information drive extended inline 02 Min

Photo: Metro Manila Development Authority

Going back to the postponement of apprehensions, MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes said that deployed enforcers will continue reminding drivers of e-vehicles such as e-bikes and e-trikes, as well as tricycles, pedicabs, pushcarts, and kuligligs to not drive along national, circumferential, and radial roads in Metro Manila.

“We will still be not issuing violation tickets this week but we reiterate that they are still prohibited on major roads. 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,” Artes said.

However, the absence of vehicle registration and a driver’s license will result in the vehicle being impounded once the regulation begins implementation again on Monday next week, May 27, 2024.

Mmda Mmc E-Bike Rules Regulations e-trike e-bike ban Inline 01 Min

Photo: ToJo Motors

As it stands, the MMDA is confident that local government units (LGUs) have conducted intensive information drives on the alternate routes.

While this new law continues to simmer and stew, what do you think about it? Is it fair? Is it proper to ban these types of vehicles on the road, or is it a disservice to those who only have these vehicles for their use? Do let us know in the comments. After all, this has remained a very talked-about issue until now.

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