E-vehicle accidents in Metro Manila surge since 2019

Accidents involving e-bikes and other electric vehicles have nearly tripled since 2019.

A concerning trend has emerged on the streets of Metro Manila — accidents involving e-bikes and other electric vehicles have nearly tripled since 2019. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reports a jump from 309 incidents in 2019 to 907 last year, highlighting a critical safety issue.

This alarming increase prompted the agency to take action. Starting April 15, e-bikes, e-trikes, tricycles, pedicabs, pushcarts, and kuligligs will be prohibited from major thoroughfares across the metropolis. The enforcement of MMDA Regulation No. 24-022 aims to address the heightened risk of accidents and fatalities.

“We will just enforce this prohibition because of the increasing number of accidents involving e-bikes, e-trikes, and e-scooters. We will not wait for these figures to go higher and the situation to worsen,” said MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes.

In line with the new regulation, violators will be fined P2,500. Moreover, vehicles will be impounded if the driver fails to present a driver’s license upon apprehension.

Looking ahead, Artes proposed integrating e-vehicle operation safety into the MMDA’s Motorcycle Riding Academy curriculum.

As the city braces for these stricter rules, the MMDA calls on e-vehicle operators to adhere to the new guidelines for a safer and more orderly traffic environment.

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