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10 e-trikes start plying routes in San Fernando City

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By Erwin Beleo

E-TRIKES LAUNCHED  — Electric tricycles or e-trikes start to ply along San Fernando City, La Union this week. Ten e-trikes were launched on Tuesday in Barangay Tanqui as part of the city’s environment-friendly mode of transportation program. (Erwin G. Beleo)

E-TRIKES LAUNCHED — Electric tricycles or e-trikes start to ply along San Fernando City, La Union this week. Ten e-trikes were launched on Tuesday in Barangay Tanqui as part of the city’s environment-friendly mode of transportation program. (Erwin G. Beleo)

San Fernando City, La Union — In its bid to promote environment-friendly modes of transportation, the city launched the other day the new route of 10 electronic tricycles or e-trikes in this province’s capital.

“The plan is to have an organized system of transportation here,” said Noel Dimaano, the sales and division marketing of Bemac Electric Transportation Philippines Inc., during the launch in Barangay Tanqui, here.

Dimaano said the city government designated the fixed routes of the e-trikes so that passengers can be conveyed to key government offices and tourist attractions around the city.

The City Government of San Fernando partnered with Bemac, a subsidiary of Japanese firm Uzushio Electric Co. Ltd., for the launching of the e-trikes.

Under the partnership, Bemac allowed the e-trikes to ply the routes for free in the next three months so that passengers can have a feel of the new mode of transport.

Dimaano said that after this phase, passengers will have to pay P15.00 each for a 6-kilometer long ride along the designated routes.

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Katherine Muller confirmed that the company has been given authority to operate in the city. “When its trial run becomes successful, there will be a need to form an association of e-trike drivers who will handle the units,” she said.

Rose Ann Valdez, City Environment and Natural Resources Office coordinator, said the e-trikes have their own designated routes to avoid competition with fuel-powered tricycles.

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