The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has submitted a draft of guidelines to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) that requires e-scooters and e-bikes to be registered and the owners to have a license. 

The DOTr, in turn, is currently drafting a memorandum circular on the operation of electric-powered vehicle. Once the memorandum is approved and published, the LTO will begin implementation.

According to LTO chief Edgar Galvante, the Republic Act 4136 states that all drivers need to have a license and their vehicles must be registered no matter how the vehicles are powered.

Related: LTO to give 10-year driver’s license validity for those without any violations

The submitted draft guidelines also specify on which type of roads the e-scooters and e-bikes can travel, depending on the size of these vehicles. Traveling along public roads will also involve the use of protective attire.

While restrictive, the guidelines for operating e-scooters and e-bikes are meant to protect the well-being and safety of commuters on the road according to the LTO chief.

Join the Conversation


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. I am so sick an tired of trying to find out the truth of weather or not I need a licence and registration.

    For every place I see that I don’t need it, I then find another place that says I do or I will need it.

    I just don’t want to get in trouble for moving from point a to point b.

    But just thinking about it, may need me to get a licence and registration!

  2. Sana PO ayusin muna ang daan para mas safe para sa lahat. May bike lane nga kung hindi lubak lubak siyang kitid at kinakain naman Po ng mga sasakyan. 🤦😔 ok lang naman sana pero wag muna ngayong panahon na to na limitado palang ang sakayan at sasakay. Gumawa nga po kami ng way para makapasok sa trabaho at salamat sa nakagawa ng scooters and electric bike. Sana talaga MAAYOS NA DAANAN MUNA🤦

  3. There are much higher risk on riding a motorcycle than ebikes, since hundreds if thousands of accidents occured involving motorcycle riding over speeding or not, did LTO made drastic implementation laws so to minimize accidents or death?,i don’t think the’re for the riders safety, for me only fast ebikes or mopeds should have a drivers license and helmet but not to require registrations furthermore plates on motorcyle seldom regognized by the public i havn’t yet heard of a person reporting inccident of an hit n run, riding in tandem, robberry etc. Rememberring exact motorcycle number plates, we might as well buy a motorcycle instead and stop thinking of our mother earth.

  4. “….the guidelines for operating e-scooters and e-bikes are meant to protect the well-being and safety of commuters on the road…”

    Bullcrap! This is just another transparent money grab through bureaucratic mandated legalized extortion. If they were concerned about the well-being and safety of the commuters then they would enforce all vehicle safety laws, forcing tricycles and motorcycles to get safety checks insuring that their lights work and are actually used after dark, to have reflectors, etc. Carabao carts should have reflectors and lights after dark since they are nearly invisible on unlit roads, creating a very dangerous situation. Police should have ticket books and be on patrol issuing safety equipment repair orders and tickets, and never be allowed to confiscate a driver’s license – only a judge in traffic court should be allowed to confiscate a license, and neither police nor barangays should be allowed to collect fines, that’s for the city treasurer or the courts. Requiring slow (under 50 kph) electric bikes to get licensed and registered is ludicrous since there’s no record of an ebike striking and killing anyone. They’re perfectly safe without the draconian and needlessly costly registration and license requirements. Shameful!

  5. Is this not a requirement alreadY? I thought police were impounding e-bikes since two years ago unless thy were registered, insured and the driver was licensed. That means you might as well have a gasoline powered bike as it’s more powerful, faster and can carry a heavier load.