A memorandum from the Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) states that electric vehicles (aka EVs) are exempted from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), or more popularly known as number coding.
This is one good way to promote the use of eco-friendly electric vehicles in the Philippines. It’s also one of the ways that the government is showing its support for EVs.
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In fact, the DTI previously said that they want zero tariff on EVs in the Philippines. There’s even a new law called Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) that will help accelerate the EV market in the Philippines.
Today, we’ll be detailing everything you should know about the number coding of EVs in the Philippines.
Table of Contents
- What is the number coding for EVs?
- Why are EVs exempted from number coding?
- What to do if I get apprehended for number coding while driving an EV?
- How long are EVs exempted from number coding in the Philippines?
- What are the other benefits of driving EVs in PH?
What is the number coding for EVs?
As stated earlier, MMDA has exempted electric vehicles from the number coding in the National Capital Region (NCR). This means that, if you’re driving an EV, you won’t be apprehended by the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office’s (TDO) units, traffic enforcers, and sector heads for number coding violations.
Still, you would get a ticket if you committed any of these other violations.
Why are EVs exempted from number coding?
The exemption for EVs is part of the lapsing of the Republic Act 11697 or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA). The law pushes for the creation of a Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry to speed up the use and growth of the EV market in the Philippines.
That said, being exempted from the number coding would surely entice more drivers to switch to EVs.
What to do if I get apprehended for number coding while driving an EV?
While there’s already a memorandum, some EV drivers might still be apprehended for number coding violations by some officers.
To address the issue, these drivers are recommended to always carry a copy of the memorandum with them, which you can check below.
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Since EVs are hard to distinguish from regular combustion vehicles, you can also present a document proving that you’re indeed driving an EV.
How long are EVs exempted from number coding in the Philippines?
According to the memorandum, EVs are exempted from the number coding for eight years after the EVIDA law takes effect. This means that electric vehicles are exempt from number coding until 2030.
What are the other benefits of driving EVs in PH?
Apart from being exempted from the number coding, EV drivers will also get priority registration and renewal of registration from the LTO. Plus, issuance of a special type of vehicle plate.
These are the things you should know regarding the number coding exemption of EVs in the Philippines. Let us know if you have further questions in the comments below and we’ll try to answer them.