2 new Angkas rivals join December 23 pilot run

Freema Gloria
Angkas riders

Two new motorcycle taxis will join the ride-hailing app Angkas at Monday’s (December 23) extended pilot run that will determine the motorcycle’s viability as a public transport.

The new motorcycle taxi companies namely, Joyrideph and Move it, will also undergo a three-month pilot test run as set by the technical working group of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to further provide them time to evaluate the capacity of the motorcycle as a safe and convenient alternative transportation for the riding public.

The said test run will begin on December 23 and is set to end on March 23, 2020.

In line with this, thousands of Angkas riders have staged unity ride to condemn the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) decision to limit the number of motorcycle taxis on the road.

Reports say that the government will only allow a total of 39,000 motorcycle taxis to operate.

This would mean each company will only have an allotted cap of 13,000 riders — 10,000 in Metro Manila while 3,000 in Cebu.

Angkas, which has 27,000 riders at present, strongly disagrees with the policy as it will affect 17,000 of its riders who stand to lose their jobs under the new scheme.

In a new statement, LTFRB denied Angkas’ allegation, but it did not explain further about the alleged limitation cap on motorcycle taxis.

Currently, the House of Representative has not yet passed any proposed bill about the legalization of the motorcycle taxis as public transport.

Under the existing law, two-wheeled vehicles are not allowed to be used as public transportation in the country. — FSG (with reports from Joan Nano)

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