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Motorcycle ride booking transport service, unauthorized – LTO

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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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

 

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DOTr allows motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas to legally operate

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 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)

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Pets now allowed inside PUVs—LTFRB

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, April 27th, 2019

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed pets inside Public Utility Vehicle (PUV).

Based on their amendent of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 with MC 2019-019, the LTFRB now allows passengers to bring their pets inside PUVs under following conditions:

  • The animals are in carriers or cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV should there be other passengers inside the PUV.
  • If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Owners should take responsibility for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary.
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In LTFRB’s previous policy, they prohibited operators from loading animals inside their PUVs.—Aileen Cerrudo

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MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

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