- Manila’s local government unit will be phasing out gasoline-run tricycles, kuligligs, and pedicabs starting next month
- Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said they will be replaced with e-trikes, in an effort to make Manila a green city
- The charging of E-trikes will be shouldered by the government, leaving trike drivers more money to bring home
Gasoline-run tricycles and pedicabs will soon be a thing of the past, at least in Manila City.
This comes after Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada bared plan to phase out gasoline-run tricycles, kuligligs, and pedicabs starting next month.
These will be replaced with e-trikes, or trikes running via electricity.
Estrada says this is part of his effort to transform Manila to a green city, and an ambitious plan to make it the e-trike capital.
The former President-turned-mayor said they have allocated Php120 million to buy an initial set of 10,000 e-trikes to be distributed to tricycle drivers around the city. However, this is not enough because currently, there are 25,000 gasoline-run tricycles plying through various routes in Manila. Estrada is yet to confirm if there will be a second set of e-trikes.
Estrada also said this will be favorable to trike drivers because they can save more money. With gas-run trikes, drivers shell out P350 per day for gas and boundary. With e-trikes, they’ll only pay P150-200 monthly, because charging will be shouldered by the local government.
Each unit of e-trike can be fully charged in a span of 4 hours and it can run as far as 80 kilometers. It can fit seven passengers. Charging stations will also be strategically placed for the drivers’ convenience.
Manila LGU says they will test e-trikes first in Binondo area. Then, they are planning to set up more routes in Malate and Intramuros.
Estrada says that the phase out will officially start by October 15, 2016.