Angkas, JoyRide receive certificates of compliance

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2020   •   195

MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing firms, Angkas and JoyRide have received certificates of compliance from the Motorcycle Taxi Technical Working Group (MC Taxi TWG), the Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced.

In a statement on Monday, the LTO said the two firms were “fully compliant” with the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and the TWG under the Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Program.

“The certificate shall be valid for the duration of the MC Taxi Pilot Study unless revoked or cancelled,” the LTO said.

On Nov. 24, the MC Taxi TWG granted both firms Provisional Authority to Operate which is valid until Dec. 9.

The Department of Transportation earlier said that both companies will be issued with certificates of compliance if they complete the requirements such as the provision of insurance for both rider and passenger in case of accidents, as well as the use of thermal scanners to detect fever in their passengers.

The IATF in October endorsed the resumption of a pilot study on the operation of motorcycle taxis.

The pilot study resumed last Nov. 23 as an extension of the pilot run to aid legislation on proposals to legalize motorcycle taxi services in the country.

IATF approves guidelines on resumption of operation of motorcycle taxis

Maris Federez   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on Monday (November 9) announced their approval of the guidelines for the resumption of operation of motorcycle taxis.

Aside from complying with minimum health standards, such as wearing of facemasks and regular sanitation, riders are now mandated to install plastic barriers that are patterned after the design approved by the task force.

The guideline also prohibits helmet-sharing and orders the use of cashless fare payment system.

It also directs riders to undergo regular COVID-19 testing to ensure that they are negative of the virus.

“Napaka-importante nitong motorcycle taxi guidelines, dahil kailangan hindi lang supply ng transportation ang ibibigay natin. Kailangan masiguro natin na safe at hindi nako-kompromiso ang ating standards at guidelines sa pagpigil ng transmission ng COVID-19,” said Sec. Vince Dizon, National Task Force against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer.

The IATF technical working group will call the representatives of Angkas, Joyride and Move It for a meeting within the week to present and discuss with them the said guidelines and the date of the resumption of their operation.

The motorcycle taxi companies have signified their willingness to abide by the guidelines, although it may take some time before passengers will get used to it.

“Ito po ay hindi pa po sanay yung mga tao so this is something We need to push for our awareness campaign,” said George Royeca, Chief Transport Advocate of Angkas.

“Ngayon palang sa aming nga social media accounts ay nagbibigay na kami ng mga paalala, information, tungkol dun sa bagong protocol,” said Joyride Vice President for Corporate Affairs Noli Eala.

The extended pilot test run of motorcycle taxis will go for three to six months pending an enactment of a law that will make their operation legal. — (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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.

MMDA to apprehend unregistered motorcycle taxis amid pilot test run

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 13, 2020

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said they will apprehend motorcycle taxis who are not registered in the pilot test run.

MMDA Chairman Jojo Garcia said apprehended motorcycle taxis will be impounded and the company they belong to might be blacklisted.

“Iyong mga nagu-uniporme na Angkas na wala sa master list, huhulihin namin kayo. Huwag ninyo po abusuhin (Those in Angkas uniform that are not in the master list, we will apprehend you. Don’t abuse it),” he said.

Motorcycle taxi companies were given a 15,000-biker cap in the number of drivers that will be registered for the pilot test run.

“So, I’m warning Angkas, Move It, and Joyride kung 15,000 lang iyong binigay sa inyong (if you only gave 15,000 on your list) , make sure it’s 15,000. Nothing more,” Garcia said.

Meanwhile, Motorcycle Taxi Service Inter-agency Technical Working Group Chairman Antonio Gardiola Jr. said Move It was not able to fill the 15,000-biker cap so the available slots will be up for redistribution.

“Starting today, the unused cap—the difference there can be taken advantage by the company na may (with) available riders diyan,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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