Motorcycle driving regulations in the Philippines

Motorcycle driving regulations in the Philippines

If you are looking for tips and rules on the Road while in the Philippines, you are in the right place. We would like to inform you about motorcycle driving regulations in the Philippines, so your trips are safe.

Truth be told, the Philippines is a country with no stable driving regulations. To clarify, the country has motorbike driving rules but not many people respect them. You would be really surprised that even though some people might not respect certain rules, there are silent rules too. We have created useful tips for you down below with relevant websites to seak more information.

Rules to follow on the road:

1. Don’t forget to pack your original driving license, no copies! You need to have a valid driving license with you all the time while driving the motorbike. You are able to use your foreign driving license for up to 3 months in the country, after that, you are obligated to convert or make a new one at LTO. It takes approximately 24hours to convert your driving license. You are obligated to take a drug and vision test. To find out more about requirements, we recommend looking at this website.

2. Both drivers are required to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving. Section Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.

3. There is a regulation regarding your footwear. A strict rule that the only footwear allowed is proper shoes. NO flip-flops, sandals or bare feet!

4. Driving under influence is strictly prohibited as well as using any electronic devices that would distract your attention from the road.

5. Are you worried about speed limits? Check out the picture down below for more information!


6. You might be surprised by this fact but splitting a lane is strictly prohibited. However, this behavior is not what you experience in reality. Although motorcycle driving regulations in the Philippines has been set up, they are not always respected. We do not recommend lane splitting, but the chances of police officers stopping you are really low. Although if you still decide to do it, there is a limitation, you cannot exceed the limit of 24 (km/h)

7. The motorbike number plate should always be visibly displayed.

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We understand motorcycle driving regulations in the Philippines might be confusing.

If you have more specific questions, we recommend you to check out or contact LTO.

Contact us here or in comments down below if you have further queries.

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One Thought to “Motorcycle driving regulations in the Philippines”

  1. Terry Page

    How can I get a comprehensive list of your road laws for the operation of a motorcycle

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