LTO guidelines for e-bike and e-scooters

If you’re an e-bike or e-scooter user, then you’ll want to hear this.

To make mobility easier and safer, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are rolling out updated guidelines for registering e-bikes and e-scooters to be followed from here on out.

Required LTO registration

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In an effort to regulate the growing trend of electric bikes and scooters, LTO  is set to release new guidelines for their registration. E-bike and e-scooter owners will now be required to register their units in accordance to these updated guidelines.

Requiring registration from electric vehicle units, such as e-bikes and e-scooters, have been around since 2020. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have only been lenient in exercising it because of the aftereffects of the pandemic.

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This discussion has been revisited due to the multiple recordings of e-bike accidents from January to November 2023.

Registration process

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The registration process involves providing necessary documentation of the electric vehicle unit. This includes Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), Bureau of Customs Certificate of Payment, and PNP-HPG MV Clearance Certificate.

Owners must also undergo an inspection to ensure that their electric bikes and scooters meet the safety standards set by the LTO.

The electric vehicle units now covered for registration are as follows:

  • Personal mobility scooter (PMS)
  • Electric Kick Scooter
  • E-Bikes, E-Moped 2W (up to a maximum speed of 25 kph)
  • Light E-Scooter, E-Moped 2W (up to a maximum speed of 50 kph)
  • E-Scooter, E-Moped 3W (L2a category)
  • E-Scooter, E-Moped 3W (L2b category)
  • E-Motorcycle
  • E-Trike or 3-Wheeled E-vehicle
  • E-Quad

See full registration details here.

Penalty for non-compliance

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LTO emphasizes the importance of compliance to ensure safety on the road and proper regulation of electric vehicles. Failure to register electric bikes and scooters may result in penalties.

Currently, these penalties are: 1) Unregistered vehicle or expired vehicle registration (P10,000, ~USD178.91), 2) Not wearing a helmet (P1,500, ~USD26.84), 3) Failure to carry OR/CR (P1,000, ~USD17.89), and 4) Operating in restricted roads (P1,000, ~USD17.89).

Practice road safety

With these refreshed guidelines in place, electric bike and scooter owners must gear up to register their vehicles to avoid penalties and ensure safe travels on the road.

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Cover image adapted from: KBO Bike via Unsplash

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