Due to the increase in electric scooter riders during the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Transportation is set to release guidelines on the alternative mode of transport, a regulator said Tuesday.
Among the proposals, requiring a driver's license for scooter drivers and a list of areas where these can be used, Land Transportation Office Chief Edgar Galvante told TeleRadyo. A draft administrative order is awaiting Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade's approval, he said.
In a separate interview, Electric Kick Scooter Philippines founder Tim Vargas said the industry grew 110 percent jump from May to July. Scooter prices range from P20,000 for beginners to P100,000 for advanced riders.
"Dahil dumarami kami, dumarami rin iyong nakikita nating kamote riders. It's the same with cars din naman saka mga motorsiklo… iyong mga motoristang binabangga iyong nanahimik na barrier," he said.
(The increase in our numbers coincide with the spike in irresponsible riders. The same applies to motorcycles and cars, which some motorists hit barriers with.)