These three-wheelers will soon serve as ‘immediate response vehicles’ on EDSA

Small tricycles with a big mission
by Aris Ilagan | Jun 18, 2020
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The time it takes for the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to respond to road users who figure in accidents or other emergency situations will likely improve in the near future. Trimotors Technology Corporation and JVR Foundation have donated five Bajaj RE units to the agency, and these three-wheelers will be used as ‘immediate response vehicles’ capable of weaving through traffic to reach an accident scene as quickly as possible.

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MMDA chairman Danny Lim received the ceremonial key from Raul Manglapus III, COO of Trimotors, and Gina Bulanghagui, executive vice president of JVR Foundation. The simple turnover ceremony was held at the MMDA headquarters in Makati City. In attendance were officials of the Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines (MCFP) led by Mario Montalban and Atoy Sta. Cruz; the group facilitated the release of the Bajaj RE, which is priced at P168,999 each. 

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Vehicles of this type are popularly known in certainly places as tuk-tuks. This particular three-wheeler is a low-maintenance model powered by a 198.99cc air-cooled single-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a four-speed transmission with reverse mode. It may be reconfigured for different purposes: passenger shuttle, delivery van, mini rolling store, hotel transport vehicle, and so on. Some local government units have deployed them as a safer alternative to the traditional tricycle.

According to Trimotors, the MMDA’s Bajaj RE units will be fitted with special equipment for emergency response and rescue missions on EDSA. Expect to see them soon on the thoroughfare.

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