By Erma Edera
The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) is supporting Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s initiative to reorganize the routes for electric tricycles (e-trikes) in the city.
In its statement, the group said all tricycles should not be allowed on national roads.
“EVAP, aligned with the policy of DOTr (Department of Transportation) and DILG (Department of Interior and Local Govenment), also agrees that all tricycles, i.e. electric-driven or not, should not be plying national roads, except in the absence of alternative public transport and minor roads and in cases that support national and local strategic agenda, e.g. tourism, logistics,” the group said.
It said it was looking forward “to working with the City Government on how to maximize the proper and optimal use of e-trikes in the city.”
“We shall also be working with LTO and DOTr in the preparation of appropriate guidelines on the classification, registration and usage of electric vehicles in the country,” it added.
EVAP admitted that many e-trikes were allowed to ply in some areas in the city “with minimal consideration on its proper operation, which eventually creates disorder.”
To resolve the issue, the group said “a number of initiatives were properly planned out, functioning well and are serving their purpose. This is particularly true in the case of the tourist e-trike services in Intramuros.”
“To note, the initiative is coherent with the direction of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in including e-trikes in the coverage of tourist transport services to ‘promote new and more sustainable public transport solutions and to support the country’s flourishing tourism industry,” it said.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has donated 3,000 e-trikes to LGUs all over the country, including 100 to Manila, to promote energy efficiency and security.