What We Know So Far on the Draft Proposal for Electric Scooter Registration
With the recent news that there will be a law that instructing electric scooter owners to register their vehicles to the Land Transportation Office or LTO. What are the effects or registering the electric scooters? Will it help the riders? What can we expect if it is implemented?
First off, let's discuss the registration process
Usually, the registration process on motorcycles and cars require the dealership (where the vehicle is bought) to register in the LTO. The registration certifies that the vehicle purchased hasn't been driven on the streets yet and the decrease in the inventory of the dealer is due to a purchase by a citizen.
Stated below is the current process of registering vehicles like motorcycles, cars. truck etc. in the Philippines. If the registration of electric scooters will be implemented and the existing registration process won't be altered for electric scooters, these will most likely be the registration steps that we would follow.
That's familiar territory for people who have experienced registering a different vehicle but for inexperienced, first-time registrant - here it is!
Original Sales invoice
Original LTO copy or electronically transmitted appropriate insurance Certificate of Cover (Third Party Liability)
Original copy of Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNPHPG) Motor Vehicle (MV) Clearance Certificate and Special Bank Receipt (SBR)
Original Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR)
Payment Reference Number if payment is made through e-PAT
Proceeds to the Cashier for payment of fees.
2.1. Receives OR
3.1. Receives OR, CR, sticker, plates and RFID sticker
Steps credits to Land Transportation Office
Again, stated above is the current registration process of vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, trucks. We are placing this as a reference just so we can have an idea of how it works, and playing around with the idea if some of the processes would possibly be taken for a scooter registration in the future. Don't be confused!
The registration of EKS will help its owners as they will now have a legal document to prove that they own the vehicle and they are now capable of applying for insurance. A big help and a win-win situation for both parties.
However, if the reason for DOTr (Department of Transportation) is to require registration of EKS and required driver's license for EKS owners for their safety, it is where debate happens.
As stated in a post by renowned road safety advocate, James Deakin. He said in a post that
"Thinking that a fee and some paperwork will address the issue of safety is like trying to control COVID by fining people if they get it. It takes real programs, lots of education and consistent enforcement before the correct behavior is realized."
Both the LTO and DOTr have to do their job and we completely understand it but the government agencies shouldn't jump to a solution that registering and having a license is the most efficient way to solve this problem.
When LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante was asked about crafting guidelines for scooters
"(It will give a guide for those authorized or who will use it. They will see what these are for and what needs to be done for them to be authorized.) Lahat ng sasakyan, either electric or gasoline-powered (na scooter) at gagamit ng pampublikong lansangan, kailangan rehistrado at saka ‘yung gumagamit may driver’s license,” he added.
If the government agencies want to address the issue of public safety and knowledge of electric scooter riders. We think it is best to have trial lanes and only issue driver's license to EKS drivers that are knowledgeable and passed the exam.
Since a draft has been submitted and we're all just waiting for the approval of Secretary Tugade of DOTr. It is best to wait for the IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) to be released or not released since it will be the final guidelines and contains the penalty when disobeyed.
For now, we don't see any drafts and its clauses but what we can do is to let our voice be heard and raise the arguments in a calm and constructive manner. Let this be a point of healthy and composed arguments may it be on or off the road.