MOTORCYCLE taxis may soon be allowed to operate again.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has endorsed to the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation the request of Metro Manila mayors to continue the pilot study on motorcycle taxis pending the passage of the law allowing it to become another mode of public transportation.
“Likewise, the DOTr (Department of Transportation) will further study this proposal ensuring issues on safety,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr.
The pilot study on motorcycle taxis, participated in by firms offering ride-hailing service apps including Angkas, MoveIt, and JoyRide, began last year to find out if ride-hailing motorcycle taxis are safe alternative modes of public transportation. It ended last April.
Elizar Ermac, who used to be a full-time Angkas driver for almost two years in Cebu, welcomed this development.
“If motorcycle taxis can resume operations, drivers can start earning again,” Ermac said.
Anthony Villora, a 44-year-old resident of Talisay City, gave up his job as a company driver to be a full-time Angkas rider. When the pandemic struck, he was forced to delivering parcels.
“My earnings have dropped considerably since then, especially since there is a lot of competition,” he said.
He also has reservations on the plan to require ride-hailing motorcycle taxi passengers to bring their own helmets as a safety measure as this may discourage them. (WBS)