Articles about Philippine Motoring

It was quite a year
To call this past year-with the long-dreaded implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law-a challenging one would be a major understatement.The pre-TRAIN holiday car buying rush had finally come to a halt, and
Have you witnessed scenes like this, too?
What's the easiest way that motorists can deal with all the aches and pains of Philippine driving? You know: The worsening traffic, delayed construction projects, repetitive reroutings and the constant threat of kamote riders and drivers messing up your vehicle.
The facts so far
Since news of a proposed set of rules on car tints broke last year, there has been a lot of discussion online about the possible pros and cons. Some are for it, others are against, but it's safe to say that
A look at what lies ahead
At the 3rd National Congress for the Transport Cooperative Sector, Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade revealed some key updates for motorists, plus the current administration's plans for the future. Chief among Tugade's updates were about ongoing projects. "Iyong
From October 28 to November 1
It's coming up to road trip season. As every motorist should know, it's important to make sure that your car is in perfect working order before you set off on your trip. Luckily, the kind folks over at Petron are
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If you regularly drive in the city and you own a smartphone, chances are you have and use the Waze app. Next to social-media apps, this is likely the most frequently used application on your phone.And why wouldn't it?
Defensive tips to help you arrive alive
As any Top Gear Philippines reader can attest, daily traffic gridlock is a mind-numbing, soul-sucking experience that wastes so many man-hours, costs thousands of pesos in wasted fuel, and contributes to air and noise pollution. Add the stress of
There are countries where traffic is worse
By the time you're reading this, I should be back home--a place where I've dreaded returning to after spending close to a year reading horror stories about traffic, floods and criminals on Facebook. I've prayed hard for another
It ain't glam, but it works
They often look beat-up, but they're one of the most convenient ways to get around--especially when it's too far to walk yet too near to bother bringing a car. I'm referring to tricycles. I happen to live
Calls for more signs and crosswalks
It's safe to say that Manila is far from being a pedestrian-friendly city. Walking the streets is just about the only thing more dangerous than driving on them--if the wayward vehicles don't get you, either the pollution or
Government should really consider these
EDITOR'S NOTE: A funny take on the Philippines' Land Transportation and Traffic Code (or Republic Act No. 4136) was shared by our legal columnist Robby Consunji on his Facebook page, based on some joke that had been circulating online. Robby thinks
Does this bother you?
Whether it's a workday or a weekend, you just cannot escape the long queue of vehicles waiting for their turn to pay at toll plazas--both on the south and north expressways. Whether there are ambulant tellers or none, the long
Can you come up with your own?
Before we proceed, let's get one thing out of the way: Taylor Swift is the most popular singer on the planet right now, period. Her 78.5 million followers on Twitter and 74.9 million fans on Facebook support this statement.
A throwback to our motoring past
Many car owners--or "cagers," as motorcyclists call them--may not be fond of two-wheeled transport, but some of them genuinely appreciate a retro-looking Vespa scooter (particularly the PX150). That includes us, for sure.In fact, there have been times
You'll be appalled at the numbers
First question: Are you a smoker?Second question: Do you smoke while driving?Third question: Do you flick your cigarette butt outside the window?If your answer to all three questions is yes, shame on you. You're part of the reason
For transparency's sake
Corrupt traffic officers are a fact of motoring life in the Philippines, but so are disrespectful motorists. And when a traffic officer and a motorist argue, the encounter often leads to one party filing a formal complaint, and the other declaring innocence.
Convenience for Metro Manila motorists
Let's face it: The one thing that sucks when we get issued a traffic violation ticket by an MMDA traffic officer is the inconvenience of having to go to the agency's headquarters to settle the fine. That's the one
Karma is digital and vicious
Don't you just love the power of social media?Last week, we reported a towing incident in Quezon City in which the complainant accused a couple of towing personnel of trying to extort money from her. You know the story: They'
This has been long overdue
In one of its final sessions before the next administration takes over, the Senate passed an act that penalizes "distracted driving." According to a report by the Inquirer, the bill was approved on its third and final reading."While the State recognizes
And what exactly is CTPL for?
Compulsory third-party liability (CTPL) insurance is a requirement for the annual motor vehicle registration with the Land Transportation Office. If your car or motorcycle has no CTPL, operating it on a public road is unlawful.Cars are vehicles of great speed
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