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Electric bikes should be registered — LTO




We’ve been seeing a number of videos concerning e-bikes lately and as anticipated, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) was able to notice the trend and has expressed concern.

As reported by ABS-CBN News, electric vehicles are covered by the Land Transportation Code according to LTO and must be registered and used with a license. Sellers, even buyers, of e-bikes should know about it, the agency added.

Just this week, the agency was able to confiscate e-bikes plying along EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue and main thoroughfares of Pasay City. LTO is also gathering a list of e-bike sellers to have a dialog with them.

If you’re planning on getting one, think twice for now as we let concerned agencies take a look into the issue.

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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38 Responses

  1. archie says:

    Pero yung mga ancient smoke belching vehicles hindi hinuhuli. Pabayaan nyo na yang mga e-bike. Walang impact ang mga yan sa environment. Paurong talaga tong government natin.

    • leo says:

      The issue here is not about the environmental impacts of ebikes. Clueless ebike drivers being potential road hazard is.

    • TS says:

      People complain about motorcyclists and other motorists. There will always be people who complain because they think they own the road. Many motorists don’t have the temperament to drive properly and considerately. Motorcyclists, and other bikers (bicyclists included) are at the mercy of multi ton vehicles which can kill them outright. Ebikers and bicyclists don’t pollute and are at greater risk so we as motorists should give them leeway.

    • Ray says:

      May napanood akong youtube video tungkol sa mga electric vehicle, kung pinagkukunan natin ng kuryente ay sa mga planta nagsusunog ng langis at uling wala rin silbi ang pagiging environment friendly ng ebike ikaw lang ang makakatipid .

    • kyle says:

      @Ray, powerl plants are much more energy efficient than small car engines. whereas a car engine can extract at most 30? of the available energy, power plants can get up to 80%. so mas makakatipid ka parin if ung fuel eh gagamitin sa powerplant para magproduce ng electricity for e-vehicles kesa gamitin ito sa mga individual cars.

  2. Ronald says:

    How and where we can get their requirements? Ang binigay lang sa amin ng dealer is ung sales invoice. Compared sa MC or other vehicles it is the dealer who registers the unit, then may binibigay na lang na OR / CR. I don’t mind having it registered pero ang tanong how and where for these requirements.

  3. vince reyes says:

    where will you get the chassey and engine number to register this e bike remember that the it is just a field coil and armature that generates power no fuel is consumed how will you get the number ???

    • Ronald says:

      If you purchased an ebike, the body number and motor number is written on your sales invoice. Not sure exactly where in the actual body it is written since you need to have it stenciled on the paper when it is being registered.

    • Sveey Lactof says:

      *chassis

  4. Remy Martin says:

    Is there a unique code that distinguishes each e-bike just like a chassis and engine number?

  5. Joker says:

    Mahirap nitong patient Tamiya kailangan na iparehistro hehe

  6. Mt says:

    Dyan kyo magaling pro rehistro at pera pinapairal nyo wla nman chasis numer yung ebike or electronic serial number yjng mechanism nya pra irehistro,tpos ano idadagdag nyo sa mga tambak ng mga pending na wlang plaka dhjl sa mga utang nyo mg ataga LTO

  7. Blackmamba says:

    NAPAKA KILLJOY TALAGA NITONG HAYOP NA LTO NA ITO, LUKLUKAN NAMAN NG CORRUPT, BASIC FUNCTION NYO NGA NA MAG ISSUE NG ID NG LISCENCE AT PLAKA NG SASAKYAN DI NYO MAGAWA PATI E BIKE PAKIKIALAMAN NYO PA, KUTAKUTAKOT NA NAMAN NA LAGAYAN YAN DAPAT NGA YANG LTO ANG I ABOLISH

  8. kanor-chan says:

    Ang alam ko lang na di kailangan ng registration ay yung mga e-bikes na de-pedal.

    Yung mga walang pedal or naka-depende lang talaga sa battery ay yung dapat i-rehistro.

  9. kanor-chan says:

    In addition to my comment,

    Yung iilang mga “e-bike” daw na binibenta ngayon ay technically electronic motorcycle or scooters.
    Nakahanap lang ng butas yung mga distributors nila.

  10. Tor says:

    Dapat kasi bago ginawa ito ng LTO naglabas muna sila ng Implementing Rules and Regulation (guidelines). Inuna pati muna nila yung mga nagbebenta… then within three months ang palugit para sa full implementation. Mahirap talaga yung biglaan….. isa pa sa ipinilabas kasi nila na: LTO Memorandum Circular No. 721-2006 states that electric bicycle or bicycle-like vehicles are not covered by the definition of Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs), hence should not be registered. Dapat ma-repel muna ito.

    • Luis Buencamino says:

      Nuon ilang taon na nakaraan dinala ko yun UTV ko sa LTO paparegistro ko ang sabi di daw pwede, tanung ko bakit di pwede eh may motor number at chassis number di daw pwede kasi wala sa category nila kahit na de gasolina pa ayaw talaga! Pero kanina nag punta ako sa LTO tanong ko kun paano iregistro ang electric vehicles ganun wala naman itongng motor number o chassis pa man ang sabi basta kailangan may registro yan o sige kako anu-ano ang mga requirements di daw niya alam basta huminge na lang daw ng documento sa pinagbilhan. Tanong ko uli anu document ang hihinging ko sa sellers di nga niya alam kasi pinag uusapan pa daw ng LTO at ng mga importers, then sabi ko eh di pwede pa palang gamitin sa kalsada, di daw pwede pagnahuli impound daw tubos 10,000. Sana ayusin muna ang implementing rules bago ipatupad, sangayon naman kami magbayad sa registro. Masisira ang ulo ko sa mga taga LTO! Alam kaya ni Pangulong Duterte yan?!

  11. Jutaime says:

    I needed the help of “Dragon Balls” for the requirements…do you have a dragon ball radar?

  12. RJR says:

    sad to say pero bugok or bobo ung reporter ng ABS CBN na ya ebike user kami at meron ng nagtanung sa LTO pero sagot sa amin wala pang batas or Memo na gagawa para sa mga Ebike

  13. Ebikeuser says:

    Bago manghuli dapat siguraduhin mo muna na there are clear guidelines at clear na ang IRRs. I have personally been to two LTO office, parehas yun sinasabing wala pang registration for ebikes. Members of ebike groups have done the same, and guess what? Lahat kami same experience, hindi pa equipped ang LTO to register ebikes.

    Sana bago kayo maghain ng balita, siguraduhin nyong luto na at hindi hilaw. Kulang na nga sa rekado, masama pa ang lasa. Responsible reporting anyone?

    Manghuhuli kasi hindi registered, pero pag sinubukan mong i-register tatawanan ka lang at sasabihang wala pa. This is a classic example of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. Sa LTO at mga nanghuhuli, kung gusto nyo merong nabibiling coordination sa kanto. Bili na kayo, kasi obvious na wala kayo nun. Samahan nyo na ng isang kilong utak, maghati hati kayo.

  14. TS says:

    I have a DIY ebike. Welded and tied together by straw. Bought my motor from GX SUN. Even if I have a motor number, I will NOT have a chassis number. PS. Been involved in many DIY projects that will not be under any administrative parameter.

  15. rams_ph says:

    the first thing you have to ask, even before considering registering them, is — Are they roadworthy? What type of roads or where can you use them SAFELY. that’s the bottomline.
    I’ve seen these e-trikes, running on C5 at rush hour and even in Maharlika Hiway in Calamba and nasa gitna pa ng Hiway, running at 20-30kph with trucks tailing them! for goodness-sake, highway problema na nga pag may tricycle na mabagal madadagdagan pa ng e-bike hugging the middle of the lane.
    That’s an accident waiting to happen. Dapat sa loob lang ng subdivision or tertiary roads lang sila, hindi pwede sa roads where the minimum speed limit is higher than 40kph.

    I think the the purpose of registration is not just to protect the owner of the vehicle but to protect other motorists as well. We make sure the vehicles the minimum requirements for road worthiness in terms of safety and capability to transport peole.

    • Ebikeuser says:

      Disagree. I think the first thing to ask is: Do you know what ebikers are pushing for? We are all for registration. What we are contesting is impounding ebikes because they aren’t registered when all the while wala pang registration process. Hindi pa ito nagagawan ng guidelines.

      Bago mag-salita, alamin ang facts. Hindi anecdotal evidence. Iilan ang halimbawang nakita mo, hindi sapat upang maging sample ng population ng lahat ng ebikers.

      BTW, while it is true that there are ebikes that can only go up to 30kph, the more common ones go up to 40kph. A lot of higher end ebikes can easily go up to 55kph. A select few can go up to 80kph. Hindi po ito pagmamalaki, this is to correct the myopic stand that there is a need to limit the roads ebikes can be used because of their speed.

  16. Entera says:

    Hi Sir Daniel Morial. May I ask if you have confirmed this report? We went to LTO main office earlier and we were able to speak with LTO Executive Director Atty. Vera Cruz, and he said that they have not released a memo regarding ebike registration. They still need to study different ebike specifications, so no final decision for now. But he reminded us the ebikes can’t be used on national roads for now. Also, helmets are mandatory. If you want to know if im telling d truth, you may visit his office. 2nd floor near the chapel.

  17. Ronald says:

    Dapat mag-labas ng press release ang LTO or magkaroon ng not biased follow up report ang ABS-CBN. Ginagamit ng mga buwaya ang nilabas nilang report sa TV. Hinaharang na lang basta at kukunin na lang basta ang mga unit ng walang memo. Pati mga PWD at senior affected dito.

  18. Jessie says:

    I am a PWD. Hindi nila pde sa akin basta-basta kukunin ang ebike. I am a non-pro license holder at meron nakasaad that I may use a vehicle na angkop para sa akin and that is a 3 wheel ebike. Ni wala ngang linaw kung paano makakakuha ng registration. So ibig sabihin hindi na ako pde mag-grocery since ung grocery ay nasa main road? I will not agree. Napaka-taas ng pamasahe para sa mga katulad kong PWD. Para lang ako makapag-grocery, I need to spend 50 pesos papunta pa lang sa place, that will be 100 pesos na agad back and forth, the same with kung need ko pumunta ng barbershop. hair cut is only 50 pesos pero ang pamasahe is a whooping 100 pesos back and forth. Napakalaking bagay para sa amin na PWD na magkaroon ng vehicle na angkop para sa amin ang Ebike lang sa ngayon ang pinaka-cheapest na pde namin makuha. Wala naman gas type MC na 3 wheel na mabibili sa philippine market, deed pa un ipa-customize. Ung mga yamaha tricity is not for us kasi walang reverse and need pa rin syang i-balance. The only thing I can do is use a helmet and bring my license pero kung ipagpipilitan nilang i-impound ang unit ko, then we will go to court.

  19. rmcj says:

    Nabasa ko po yung 721-2006 memorandum nakalagay po doon consideed ebike po ang bike kapag ang battery na nag papowered ay 36V pababa it should be caped at 60Ah and speed limit of 55km/h it can pass thru city roads ebike po ang mas may karapatan sa right most lane and can pass thru edsa also. Hindi po pwede kumpiskahin kapag hindi ka naman lumalabag sa batas. Ang tanong lang kung may bago nang memo nilalabas ang lto.

  20. rmcj says:

    Nabasa ko po yung 721-2006 memorandum nakalagay po doon consideed ebike po ang bike at hindi need ng registration kapag ang battery na nag papowered ay 36V pababa it should be caped at 60Ah and speed limit of 55km/h it can pass thru city roads ebike po ang mas may karapatan sa right most lane and can pass thru edsa also. Hindi po pwede kumpiskahin kapag hindi ka naman lumalabag sa batas. Ang tanong lang kung may bago nang memo nilalabas ang lto.

  21. rmcj says:

    Ebike needs no registration basta nagcocomply sa 721-2006 memo ang tanong ni repeal na kaya itong memo na ito at meron na bago batas?

  22. Mars says:

    Hoax lang yung nareport sa ABS-CBN na kailangan na ng license at rehistro ng mga ebike.. Kakagaling lang ng mga dealer doon dahil nga sa balita at wala naman inilabas na bagong Memo according kay Exec. Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz..

  23. Ivan Naluz says:

    So what if the ebike that i own is 2nd hand? And wala nang receipt? Anong gagawin? This is my only mode of transportation para makatipid ng pang trike papasok sa trabaho ko. And where to find this in fine print? Provincial areas ba affected? ang lapit lapit lang ng work ko sa bahay ko pero nakakatipid ako dahil dito eh. Ano ba yan

  24. tracy says:

    Dapat nga naglabas muna sila ng Implementing Rules and Regulation.. bigla na lang sila nanghuli tapos naka-impound pa e-bike namin 2350 ang total ng violations namin grabe naman yun.

  25. ricosuave says:

    pure BS, LTO is now pressured by car companies and oil companies on this, its all about the money baby

  26. juandelacruz says:

    Almost all ebikers wants to comply for registration to lto BUT HOW CAN THEY DO IT?!!! IF LTO IS NOT YET REALISING ANY MEMO AS PER ATTY VERA CRUZ,AND YET THEY ARE ALREADY IMPOUNDING EBIKES ON THE ROAD EVEN IN SECONDARY ROADS AND THATS TOTAL BULLSHIT
    ENFORCERS DOES NOT HAVE ANY ORDER OR MEMOS BUT INSISTING THE NEWS THEY’VE GOT FROM MAINSTREAMS NEWS THAT INTERVIEWED ALMORA OF LTO.
    THEN WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH

  27. Alvin says:

    Another stupid law only in the Philippines. Load of Crap!

  28. megadude says:

    paano pa sa inspection part? tingin ba nila eh aabot ng lto ang pobreng ebike? dapat sa barangay na lang i-register ang ebikes.

  29. Nel Mamboyo says:

    Hindi daw motorized vehicle category ng ebike kaya bawal sa main roads….tanong lang bakit ang bisikleta allowed?

    In the same manner, bakit hindi allowed ang motorized ATV sa main roads?

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