Motorcycle Taxis to Continue Operating

According to Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, motorcycle taxis can continue to operate under the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) pilot testing.

This decision comes after the announcement that the DOTr’s technical working group (TWG) will stop its pilot testing, which means transport providers like Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It will have to cease operations until the government outlines a clear policy on its regulation.

Bong said that he was able to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Martin Delgra III, and TWG chief Antonio Gardiola to allow the pilot testing to continue. He also spoke with the Angkas owners to work with the DOTr and other concerned agencies.

Just last month, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) decided to lower the number of motorcycle taxi service bikers of Angkas.

The LTFRB’s decision came after a technical working group was launched to set up a pilot run with Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It. Under this experiment, 39,000 registered bikers will be divided among the three operators. Each will get 10,000 bikers in Metro Manila and 3,000 each for Metro Cebu. The Extended Pilot Implementation was supposed to run from December 23 2019 up to March 23, 2020, until it was canceled. Now, it looks like commuters can continue booking trips on the transport providers.

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