27,000 Angkas riders to undergo retraining before 6-month pilot run

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 13, 2019   •   710

Ride-hailing app, Angkas, targets to retrain 27,000 riders before the six-month pilot run in Manila and Cebu starts around the third week of June.

This was after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) approved the pilot operation of the motorcycle-hailing app.

“Currently, we have re-trained 12,000, so kulang pa tayo ng additional 15,000 more to fully train the 27,000 before we can launch the pilot (we still lack additional 15,000 more to fully train the 27,000 before we can launch the pilot),” Angkas head of operations, David Medrana said.

Medrano added that the retraining will help the bikers to be aware of the standards set up by the transportation department.

The DOTr will asses motorcycle taxis during the six-month pilot operation to check if they are safe for passengers.

Angkas also launched several new items for riders including vests for riders to place their identification card on, and a side strap for passengers.

Passengers will also be given a hairnet and face mask for additional protection.

“We need to retrain those bikers and to remind them kung ano iyong napagkasunduan sa pilot syempre maraming hinihingi ang government sa atin and basically we have to adhere sa standard na binigay ng government sa atin (what was agreed upon during the pilot. Of course the government has standards for us and basically we have to adhere to the standard given by the government),” according to Medrano.

He also assured that there will be no fare hike despite the new equipment. In case of an accident, passengers will also receive insurance. If the accident leads to the death of the passenger or severed body part, the insurance will amount to P450,000 while, P100,000 will be reimbursed for the hospitalization.

Depending on the result of the pilot operation, the DOTr will submit their recommendation if they will allow motorcycles as public transportation.

However, Congress have yet to approve a bill for motorcycles to become public transportation.—(with reports from Joan Nano)

Safety reminders for motorcycle riders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2019

After the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has allowed app-based motorcycle taxi Angkas to operate, authorities reiterate the safety reminders when riding a motorcycle.

READ: DOTr allows motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas to legally operate

All motorcycles should be registered at the Land Transportation Office (LTO). They must also follow various speed limits.

MOTORCYCLE SPEED LIMIT

  • 80 kph on open country roads with no blind corners
  • 40 kph on “through streets” or roads clear of traffic and without blind corners
  • 30 kph if there’s light traffic and it’s not a through street
  • 20 kph everywhere else

For EDSA and other main roads in Metro Manila, the blue lane is strictly implemented for motorcycle riders.

According to EDSA Traffic Manager Bong Nebrija, motorcycles use the blue lane for them to be visible to other motorists.

“Ang hirap sila makita kasi kung nasaan saan sila so we decided na dito lang muna kayo para lahat ng mga vehicles truck man iyan kotse man iyan o other motorcycles (It is very difficult to monitor their location so we decided to place them here so that all vehicles including trucks or other motorcycles) they would know that they should look out for motorcycles,” he said.

There should also be one passenger or back rider. Carrying a cargo should only be limited to ‘luggage carriers’ approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

A motorcycle should also have the following:

  • Headlights
  • Tail lights
  • Signal lights
  • Brake lights
  • Side mirror
  • Horn

The LTO also allowed motorcycles to have supplementary LED or high-intensity discharge lamps. However, the LTO said it should be pointing downwards.

Motorcycle riders should also wear closed shoes and not sandals or flip-flops.

Children passengers, meanwhile, are not allowed on public roads where traffic is heavy and fast unless…

  • The child can comfortably rest his/her feet on the foot peg
  • The child’s arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the driver
  • The child has a helmet
  • In emergency situations

Nebrija also reminded the motorcycle riders not to stay close to big trucks and always keep their headlights on even during day time.

“Para makita sila maging visible sila kasi ang liit ng profile ng motor hindi ba you could hardly see it. Ang kultura pa naman ng Pilipino hindi sila sanay to watch out for motorcycles (So that they can be visible because a motor’s profile is very small you could hardly see it. One Filipino culture is they are not used to watch out for motorcycles),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

DOTr allows motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas to legally operate

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Motorcycle ride-hailing company Angkas may now operate legally in the country beginning next month, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Friday.

After months of public clamor, motorcycle taxis can start picking up passengers again without fear of apprehension.

In a statement, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said he had approved the pilot operations of motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu from June until the end of 2019.

“Inaasahang magsisimula ang pilot implementation ng motorcycle taxi operations, katuwang ang ride-hailing service na Angkas, sa unang bahagi ng Hunyo o isang buwan matapos lagdaan ni Secretary Tugade ang General Guidelines sa pilot implementation, at kasunod ng pagpapatupad ng naaayong public awareness campaign,” he said.

However, Tugade clarified that the operation is just a test run for six months to help lawmakers finalize proposals on motorcycle ride booking.

“Importante ang pilot implementation na ito upang ma-refine pa natin ang general guidelines, at masilip ang mga posibleng problema sa proseso o sa standards, nang sa gayon ay makatulong tayo sa pagbabalangkas ng batas na talagang akma sa mga pangangailangan at kaligtasan ng ating mga commuter,” Tugade said.

He also reminded motorcycle taxi drivers to follow safety requirements, like wearing helmet and reflectorized vest; observing the 60-kilometer per hour speed limit and maintenance of motorcycle’s condition.

Mariin naming binabalaan ang mga ride-hailing servicena sumunod sa safety requirements sa kanilang operasyon. Huwag ninyong sayangin ang tiwalang ipinagkaloob namin sa inyo sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo publiko sa mga commuter,” Tugade said.

The management of Angkas and its over 27,000 motorcycle units have welcomed the good news.

“We are very happy that Secretary Tugade is looking into this… We will definitely provide all the necessary updates on the application and also on the information campaign to the public,” said George Royeca, the head of Angkas regulatory and public affairs.

Angkas’ operation was suspended in November 2017 by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for operating without business permit and violating the land transportation and traffic code.

Angkas challenged the suspension order before the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court, which issued a preliminary injunction against the order in September 2018.

After it resumed operations, the Supreme Court issued in December a temporary restraining order against Mandaluyong court ruling, suspending Angkas’ operations. (with details from Joan Nano)

Supreme Court issues TRO vs Angkas operations

admin   •   December 12, 2018

(File photo)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (December 12) issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against a Mandaluyong court’s decision that allowed the operation of motorcycle-ride hailing service, Angkas, to continue.

The Supreme Court’s order states that the authority and mandate of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to regulate all public transport operating in the country should not be disregarded.

In line with this, the LTFRB has set a special board meeting on Wednesday afternoon to create a resolution that will authorize traffic law enforcers to apprehend Angkas motorcycles operating in the streets.

Last September, the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 213 ruled in favor of resuming the operation of Angkas in Metro Manila. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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