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Councilor Garganera frowns on e-scooter ban in Cebu City

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The ban on the use of electric or gas-powered scooters in Cebu City came as a surprise for Councilor Joel Garganera.

The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has prohibited the use of such mode of transportation on the city roads.

“There are no official or final guidelines yet on the use of electric e-scooters on public roads,” said Garganera. (https://bit.ly/3cv0ZmT)

“It’s still being reviewed by DOTr (Department of Transportation) Road Sector, Legal Affairs and the Office of the DOTr Secretary,” the deputy chief implementer of the city’s Emergency Operations Center also said.

The councilor said such implementation is “untimely.”

“It is untimely that this City will put limitations to people’s access to affordable, clean, and environmentally friendly, social distancing alternative mode of transportation. Not this time of pandemic. We are the only city in the country who will be doing it,” added Garganera.

In a public advisory, the CCTO said their decision was based on the order of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to apprehend e-scooters and all those other mode of transport with engines below 50cc.

Even as the LTO order has not been finalized in writing, spokesperson John Paul Amores cited the city’s own ordinance that prohibits such a vehicle.

Under Section 7 of Cebu City Ordinance 801, coasters, roller skaters, and toy vehicles or similar devices are prohibited in any roadway, except while crossing a street.