Understanding the Motorcycle Rules and Regulations in the Philippines

Motorcycle is considered as one of the most practical form of transportation, especially in countries such as Philippines where traffic is prominent because of the increasing number of people who have vehicles and congested roads. When it comes to riding a motorcycles, it is not important whether you are a local citizen or an expat, riding a motorcycle will make your life easier by not being able to experience too much traffic. This is why a lot of people prefer to buy and ride a motorcycle instead of riding the car or buses. Other even transport their motorcycle via car or truck with the help of a ramp for a pickup truck.

You cannot freely drive your motorcycle in any way you want. There are laws that apply to motorcycle use on highways, which unfortunately, most people failed to see. If you are from the Philippines and you are planning to buy a motorcycle, then you must first familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations under the the LTO Administrative Order No. AHS-2008-013. Since it is very long, we summarize the content below:

  • You cannot drive your motorcycle, e-scooter, or any other two wheeled vehicles in the highway if it is not registered with the Land and Transportation Office in relation with the RA No. 4136. If you are seen driving an unregistered vehicle you will get a fine.
  • As a motorcycle owner, your vehicle should be well maintained and clean especially when you are driving it so as other riders can see it.
  • Wearing a helmet is probably the most important one because your health and safety are at risk. You cannot drive your motorcycle in highway if you are not wearing a helmet.
  • For motorcycle drivers, only passenger is allowed. As for the package or cargo, only luggage carriers that are DTI approved are only allowed.
  • For the safety of both the passenger and driver, the motorcycle must have a head and tail light, side mirror, and a functional horn.
  • Using mobile phones and other gadgets are prohibited by the LTO for it distract the driver and might cause harm.