50 e-trikes for Boracay

FIFTY electronic tricycles (e-trikes) will be delivered to Boracay Island within the week, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-6.

The vehicles are from the Department of Energy (DOE) and will be given to cooperatives, said LTFRB-6 Regional Director Richard Osmeña.

Osmeña is traveling to Boracay today, Sept 6, 2018, to meet local government officials of Malay and discuss the ordinance for the phase-out of all motorized tricycles in the island.

“As of now around a thousand of motorized tricycles operate. We will take them out and replace them with e-trikes,” Osmeña said.

Only e-trikes, which are supposed to be environmental-friendly, will be allowed to ply the island when it reopens on Oct 26. This is part of the rehabilitation plan of Boracay.

Currently, around 50 e-trikes are servicing the island. The units can carry six to eight persons at higher fares compared to the conventional tricycles.

The DOE will also provide the rechargeable batteries.

Osmeña said the motorized vehicles will be brought to Caticlan where they can operate.

Meanwhile, electronic jeepneys (e-jeeps) will also start operating next month.

A week before the reopening, the LTFRB will also conduct a dry-run as to the performance of the electronic vehicles.

“I heard that there is going to be a Cabinet meeting in Boracay. So the secretaries will try these e-jeeps and e-trikes,” Osmeña said.

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