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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 13, 2019   •   1509

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)

Angkas implements safety protocol in light of COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 13, 2020

Angkas has implemented safety protocols in light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country.

In an official statement, Angkas laid out the safety guidelines and encouraged passengers to practice social distancing.

Angkas management advises its patrons to minimize unnecessary travel.

Nevertheless, passengers will have to follow the safety protocols.

Passengers are reminded to bring their head caps and face masks. They are also encouraged to bring their sanitizer and sanitize the helmet, handles, and bike seat.

Angkas bikers are also advised not to travel if they are not feeling well.—AAC

Recto confident Duterte will support motorcycle taxi bill

Robie de Guzman   •   February 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has expressed confidence that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law the proposed Motorcycle Taxi Bill, which seeks to lift the 56-year ban on two-wheelers as a public utility vehicle (PUV).

In his speech sponsoring Senate Bill No. 1341 Tuesday — which proposes to legalize motorcycle taxis such as Angkas, JoyRide and MoveIt — Recto referred to Duterte’s fondness for motorcycles, saying this had shown the motorbike as a safe ride.

“The motorbike is the ride of choice of the President,” he said.

“So, what is good for the president must be good for the ordinary citizen,” he added, before laying down the stringent conditions on how to make for-hire motorcycles “safe for the driver, for the passenger, and for the other vehicles on the road.”

The measure seeks to amend Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Tariff Code, which prohibits the use of motorcycles as public transport.

The proposal defines motorcycles-for-hire as any two-wheeled motor vehicle registered with the Land Transportation Office, which transports passengers and goods on a for-hire basis, and which may utilize online ride-hailing or pre-arranged transportation platforms.

The bill states that the motorcycle should weigh less than 1,000 kilograms, can travel faster than 50 kilometers per hour, has a minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters, and a backbone-type built.

Along with the vehicle registration, the motorcycles for hire will also be required to secure a certificate of public convenience or a special permit issued by the LTFRB.

The measure also states that motorcycle taxis fall under a classification of public utility automobiles along with public utility trucks, taxis and auto-calesas, garage automobiles, hire trucks and trucks owned by contractor and customs brokers and customs agents.

Recto urged his fellow legislators to pass the bill.

The Senate committees on public services and the local government earlier approved a committee report allowing the use of motorcycle taxis as a form of public transport in the country.

DOTr-TWG: Pilot test run of motorcycle taxis to continue

Maris Federez   •   January 22, 2020

Members of the Riders of the Philippines (ROTP) advocacy group stage a protest motorcade to demonstrate against a ban on using motorbikes in ride-sharing platforms in Quezon City (Metro Manila), the Philippines, 16 December 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation-Technical Working Group (DOTr-TWG) will not be pushing through with its plan to stop the pilot test run of motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila and Cebu following a meeting with concerned stakeholders on the new policies set by the government.

Motorcycle taxis can still operate with no fear of getting apprehended by authorities until the three-month pilot test run ends on March 23.

The decision was issued following an executive session of the DOTr-TWG officials with representatives of motorcycle taxi companies at the House of Representatives on Wednesday (Jan. 22).

“Sabi namin we are considering all sentiments yung recommendations that’s why we came up to this adding of area of study and the raising of the cap,” said DOTr-TWG chief Antonio Gardiola.

They also agreed to raise the cap of motorcycle taxi units that will be allowed to operate from 39,000 to 63,000, and to include Cagayan de Oro in the rest run.

Metro Manila will have a limit of 45,000 motorcycle taxi units in operation; while Cebu and CDO will have 9,000 each.

Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It will have an equal share of these numbers.

Meanwhile, Angkas has promised to withdraw the charges it filed before the court against the guidelines set by the government on motorcycle taxis.

“We are now in the spirit of collaboration we spoke with the secretary yesterday..we also headed to the opinions of the senators and on the good congressmen today […] hopefully we can get the success of the pilot for the necessary law to be passed,” Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca said.

The DOTr-TWG has likewise withdrawn its recommendation to blacklist Angkas in the pilot test run.

The agency has earlier recommended the termination of the pilot test run of motorcycle taxis due to the charges that Angkas filed.

The registration of motorcycle taxis is ongoing, while the TWG and concerned parties decide on its deadline.

The TWG will still not allow entry of new motorcycle taxi companies until the end of the pilot test run. — (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf


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