AMID reports which tend to show the growing number of road accidents involving electric vehicles, a local councilor proposed to regulate passenger e-trikes in Muntinlupa City.
During the City Council’s regular session, Muntinlupa City Councilor Ryan Bagatsing expressed concerns about the safety of e-trikes, which are currently not required to register with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), even as he took a swipe at “some e-trike users who are not following traffic rules and regulations.”
He particularly took note of what he claimed seemed prevalent – minors driving e-trikes involved in road accidents, for which the local legislator cited the need to come up with an ordinance compelling the registration of e-trikes with the city government to identify the owners, users and drivers.
“It’s the same thing with what we are doing with fishing boats. These have body numbers to identify the users. We really need to come up with some regulations,” he said.
“Another issue is e-trikes using the national road in Muntinlupa. Currently, tricycles in Muntinlupa are banned from using the national road, a long stretch of road from Barangay Tunasan to Sucat.”
Bagatsing clarified that any regulation covering e-trikes will be discussed in a public hearing that will be conducted by the City Council. His proposal was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Peace and Order, which will set a public hearing to discuss the matter.
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