For the first time in Philippine Toll Road history, small bikes – which is a collective term for motorcycles with an engine displacement that is below 400cc – will be officially allowed entry on an expressway.
The newly-built 8.9-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), which connects Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova, will start allowing entry of motorcycles that are at least 125cc beginning July 1, 2022.
Those who are interested in using CCLEX to bypass Cebu City’s busy thoroughfares will need to register their motorcycles by logging on to cclex.com.ph. Afterward, their motorcycles must be submitted for RFID installation. Both CCLEX registration and RFID installation are FREE of charge.
"Motorcycles with engine displacement from 125cc to 399cc can start using the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway starting July 1, 2022. Owners can start registering for the CCLEX RFID also on July 1 under Class 1M," announced Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) through their official social media page.
In an earlier statement, CCLEC President and GM, Allan Alfon, supported this move to allow sub-400cc motorcycles to make the newly-built expressway inclusive to all motorcycle riders, regardless of their bike's engine displacement.
"We are happy to finally announce that motorcycles below 400cc will be allowed on the CCLEX. This is to make this facility more inclusive and accessible to residents and answer a strong clamor from motorcycle users," shared Alfon.
Sub-400cc ban in Luzon
For decades, there’s much contention about whether to allow sub-400cc motorcycles inside the expressways here in Luzon. For its proponents, allowing sub-400cc motorcycles inside the expressways could be chaotic, and even dangerous to the riders themselves “because the strong wind from bigger vehicles could topple the small bike off of its balance.”
For the opponents of the sub-400cc rule, they say that the rule is unlawful and has no scientific basis in terms of the safety hazards that proponents claim.
With this inclusive approach of CCLEX to small bikers, is it also time for expressways here in Luzon to be more inclusive too?