No more trikes and pedicabs in Manila by October 15
Commuters, take note!
(SPOT.ph) The noisy kuligligs and tricycles will soon be a thing of the past in the capital city of the Philippines. Mayor Joseph Estrada announced on September 17, in an interview with The Star, that kuligligs (pedicabs with motor engines usually used by fishing boats), gasoline-run tricycles, and pedicabs will be banned from the streets of Manila starting October 15. Electronic tricycles will replace these modes of transportation in the city's narrow roads.
The change is part of the city's efforts to become more eco-friendly. "We want Manila to become the electronic tricycles (e-trike) capital of the Philippines and to make Manila a green city," Estrada said.
Those who'll be affected by the phase-out of the old vehicles need not worry as the e-trikes will be distributed to qualified tricycle drivers and bona fide residents. The daily boundary is P150 to P200 for four years. In addition, since it's electronic, they won't "spend a single centavo for gasoline" and the battery charging will be shouldered by the city government. An e-trike can be fully charged in four hours and can go as far as 80 kilometers.
“Pickup stations and two charging stations will be made available for them. There will be many routes. But we will have Binondo as our pilot area. We will also put e-trike stations in the university belt, Port Area, among others,” Estrada explained to The Star.