MMDA to apprehend unregistered motorcycle taxis amid pilot test run

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 13, 2020   •   619

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.)

No penalty for motorists without RFID stickers until Jan. 11 — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The full implementation of cashless transactions in all major expressways in the country is all set for December 1.

This means all tollways will no longer accept cash payment in line with the government’s effort to curb the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This is the reason why motorists are encouraged to secure RFID stickers as early as possible.

Motorists using the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) and the Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAEx) are required to have the Easy Trip RFID sticker.

Meanwhile, motorists plying the Skyway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), Star Tollway and the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX) are required to have the Autosweep RFID sticker.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified however, that the December 1 deadline is set only for tollway operators and it does not apply to motorists.

“Iyong pagkakabit po kasi ng RFID stickers ay magpapatuloy kahit matapos na ang December 2020 lalo na para doon sa mga first time toll users sa mga bagong sasakyan,” said DOTr ASec. Goddess Hope Libiran.

“Kung puno na ang slots sa online appointment systems doon ka po sa tollgate kakabitan,” she added.

The DOTr will have a transition period for motorists to have ample time to adapt to the system.

From December 1 to January 11, 2021, motorists without RFID stickers will not be penalized even if they pass the tollways.

“After January 11 hindi na po lahat ng lanes sa tollgate ay pwedeng maconvert na stickering lane. Maari lang po silang ma-tiketan kung sila po ay pipila doon sa RFID only lane lalo na kung sila ay magdudulot po ng aberya o ng abala dun sa mga sasakyan na nasa likuran nila,” Libiran said.

As the deadline approaches, the DOTr will intensify its RFID installation making it operational 24/7 aside from the online appointments and special lanes so that more motorists will be able to avail.

Meanwhile, tollway operators advised motorists to refrain from purchasing RFID stickers online to avoid problems and make sure the stickers are installed properly.

“We’re just imposing few more controls because ang pagkakabit ng sticker by the customers themselves. We also found out medyo prone to mistakes. Sa dami po ng klase ng sasakyan natin meron pa ring margin of error na pagdating po natin sa toll lane magkakaproblema,” reminded Atty Romulo Quimbo Jr, MPTC Chief Communications Officer.

Angkas, JoyRide get provisional authority to resume operations

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing service providers, Angkas and JoyRide on Tuesday received a go signal to resume their operations under the extended Motorcycle Taxi Pilot program, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

The DOTr said the Motorcycle Taxi Technical Working Group (MC Taxi TWG) issued the Provisional Authority to Operate for both firms.

“The provisional authority shall be valid from Nov. 24 until Dec. 9,” the department said in a statement.

The DOTr, however, said that Angkas still needs to comply with the requirements set forth by the National Task Force (NTF) and the MC Taxi TWG such as the provision of insurance for both rider and passenger in case of accidents.

Angkas and JoyRide also need to comply with the mandatory use of thermal scanners to accurately detect if the passenger has a fever (for discussion with the NTF).

Once Angkas and JoyRide are able to fully comply with the requirements, a Certificate of Compliance shall be issued to them by the MC Taxi TWG, the agency said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in October endorsed the resumption of a pilot study on the operation of motorcycle taxis.

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

DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).

This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.

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