Motorcycle ride booking transport service, unauthorized – LTO
UNTV News • August 1, 2017 • 6825
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are both wondering why the motorcycle ride booking transport service called Angkas is still in operation.
This, after the LTFRB suspended the said transport service and that of another service called Wunder, in January this year.
The suspension came about after the two companies failed to complete the necessary permits and abide by the regulations of the government.
Just recently, an Angkas passenger was critically hurt when the motorcycle he was riding figured in an accident.
The victim is still in coma, while the driver is now out of danger.
This prompted the LTO to summon the driver and the motorcycle owner to explain why they continued their operation when the suspension is still in effect.
The LTO is also considering coming up with a new regulation on the registration and on the issuance of licenses for motorcycles.
“Sana yung mga ganyang app hindi naman basta ginagamit mo without consideration of safety and security lalong lalo na kung ikaw ay nago-operate ng motorsiklo. Dapat naka helmet ka at yung sakay mo, regardless kung sino man siya, dapat naka helmet din,” LTO chief Edgar Galvante said. (Apps like this should not be used without consideration for safety and security, especially if you’re operating a motorbike. Your passenger should wear a helmet. Regardless of who they are, they should wear a helmet.)
The LTO said the agency is not recommending the use of motorcycles as public transportation unless they will be transformed into tricycle units.
One of their bases is the mounting number of accidents involving motorcycles.
The LTO is now advising the public to stop patronizing this kind of transportation as they are considered “colorum”.
“Sana wag nilang tignan yung comfort lang or convenience but rather tignan nila kung makakapagbigay ng sapat na proteksyon yung sasakyan nilang vehicle,” Galvante said. (I hope they will look not only at comfort or convenience but rather consider if the vehicle they will be riding on can give enough protection.)
This, however, drew varying reactions from the public.
“Ok lang basta may helmet, kasi masyadong traffic. Mas maininam para iwas traffic,” said Rodolfo Ramos, a commuter. (It’s okay as long as you use a helmet, because the traffic is so bad. It’s a preferable way to avoid traffic.)
Another commuter, Marvin Lopez disagrees. “Di kasi siya ligtas kasi eh. Maraming sasakyan, malalaki, kailangan doble ingat tapos dalawa lang gulong ng mga motor so pwedeng tumumba, delikado,” he said. ( It’s not safe. There are bigger vehicles on the road, you have to be extra careful. Also, the bike has only two wheels so it can easily be thrown off-balance, it’s dangerous.) — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it is working on forging partnerships with various digital payment providers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS) as part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement, the DOTr said it has tapped payment platforms to help equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay systems to limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers, thus further curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Taxis and Transport Network Companies (TNC) are allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine at reduced capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.
“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The DOTr said one of the first to tie-up with the government for this purpose is GCash.
Under the partnership, GCash will help enable taxi drivers to accept digital payments through the Scan To Pay app where GCash users only need to scan the unique QR code of the taxi unit they are riding in paying for their metered fares.
GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators where they can send out salaries, allowances, and commissions through to their employees, or members nationwide, the DOTr said.
“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Payments Jovit Bajar said.
Authorities are also in talks with other payment platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, among others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in the same statement.
“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.
“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will allow taxis and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) to resume their operations on May 16.
On Monday (May 11), LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said taxis and TNVS should adhere to the “new normal” guidelines in order to be allowed to resume their operations
The guidelines include the implementation of a “no mask, no ride” policy, passengers will only be limited to a maximum of three, and the installation of acetate barriers for taxis and other public transportation.
“The primordial consideration is public health,” he said.
Delgra also said that the agency is encouraging the use of cashless transactions to lessen the risk of passengers and drivers getting infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
“We are not making it mandatory but we are strongly encouraging the use of electronic payment scheme,” he said.
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