New laws regulating the use of vintage electric vehicles are now in effect – Manila Bulletin

Measures regulating the use of electric and older vehicles in the country went into effect without President Duterte’s signature, copies of the new laws showed.

The measures regulating the use of electric and old vehicles entered into force with the signature of President Duterte on April 15, 2022.

Republic Acts (RA) 11697 and 11698 went into effect on April 15 without the president’s signature.

RA 11697, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act, establishes a comprehensive roadmap for the electric vehicle industry (CREVI). It will serve as a national development plan for the electric vehicle (EV) industry to accelerate their development, commercialization and use in the country.

Under the new law, the Department of Energy (DOE) will lead the promotion and adoption of electric vehicles and the development of charging stations and related equipment.

The agency will also be responsible for approving charging station providers, requiring the submission of charging infrastructure development plans and enforcing the compliance of charging station installation. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) regulates the rates charged by distribution utilities on all charging stations.

In addition, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be the primary agency responsible for developing EV demand generation as well as EV regulation and registration. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is intended to be the primary agency responsible for promoting and developing local manufacturing in the electric vehicle industry.

Meanwhile, local government units (LGUs) must include green routes in their respective local public transport route plans. They must also issue inspection certificates to charging stations, provide separate lanes for light electric vehicles on all major local and state roads, and submit a list of all commercial-use charging stations in their respective localities to the DOE. no later than January 30 of each year.

AR 11698

On the other hand, RA 11698, or the Vintage Vehicles Regulation Act, which came into force on April 15, regulates the use and other activities related to vintage automobiles and other historic motor vehicles. , classic or collection. It covers the regulation of import and export, registration and use of vintage vehicles.

Under the new law, registered vintage vehicles will not be required to meet air quality, pollution, safety, road use and other standards that did not exist when they were first purchased. their manufacture. The exemption recognizes the small number of vintage vehicles, the limited intended use, and the historical fact that the technology available at the time of their manufacture will not allow them to meet these standards.

However, older vehicles manufactured after December 31, 1967 must be equipped with seat belts according to the law on the use of seat belts.

Meanwhile, the new law allows the export of vintage vehicles without registration, but vintage vehicles of Philippine presidents, certified by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), can only be sent for repair or restoration. with NHCP approval.

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