UBER and DPWH sign agreement on traffic data sharing
UNTV News • December 6, 2017 • 3042
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is among the countries experiencing worst traffic congestion.
Based on the data of the app-based, ride-hailing company Uber, Metro Manila has the 3rd worst traffic situation in Asia.
For instance, an individual wastes 402 hours or 25 days in a year due to traffic congestion.
With the aim of finding a solution to the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will partner with Uber.
In line with this, the DPWH and Uber signed an agreement, Tuesday, that would allow the government agency to use the movement website of the ride-hailing company.
The movement website contains data on the average travel time on various points in Metro Manila.
The transport network vehicle service or TNVS of Uber automatically send information on the website of the company.
The information is about the flow of vehicles on a particular location.
“It’s our responsibility to and our obligation to share it with government because they are also in the process of solving traffic and it’s a hard problem and we know that ride sharing is one part of it another part of it is build, build, build,” Uber Philippines General Manager Laurence Cua said.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the website would help them study possible new road projects that would help resolve the traffic problem in the National Capital Region.
“We can see where the congested areas are. Where are the most congested areas? What do we need to do after the project? What are the improvements in traffic? So this a big help in terms of analysis,” Villar said.
The website also shows the effects of an ongoing construction of the DPWH, and whether or not it could help improve the travel time of motorists.
In exchange, the DPWH will help in the promotion of the Uber ridesharing and carpooling app to lessen the number of vehicles plying Metro Manila roads.
Uber also plans to partner with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the possible effects of the policies it implements to address the traffic problem in the country. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker is pushing to make the operations of “habal-habal”, or motorcycle-for-hire, legal amid worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila.
In filing Senate Bill No. 1025 or Motorcycles-for-hire Act, Senator Sonny Angara proposes to classify motorcycles-for-hire as public transportation, amending Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
The code only allows the registration of motorcycles for either private or government and prohibits its listing as a vehicle for hire.
Under the proposed amendment, Angara wants motorcycles to be registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as ‘for hire’ and may be used as a commercial vehicle to transport passengers and goods.
Angara’s proposal comes after the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) implemented partial operations while it is repairing its power rectifiers that were damaged after it caught fire early this month.
“Commuting in Metro Manila has become very challenging. A typical commuter has to allocate at least two hours to get to work or school and that is if their regular modes of transport are available. What if the MRT breaks down? Kulang pa ang dalawang oras mo sa byahe,” he said in a statement.
“Tulad nitong nangyari sa LRT-2 na nasunog. Libo libong Pilipino ang naperwisyo nito at karamihan sa kanila ay habal na ang sinasakyan para mas mabilis makarating sa destinasyon nila at mas mura din ito kumpara sa Grab,” he added.
According to Angara, the heavy traffic and glitches in mass transit systems in Metro Manila have forced some commuters to look for other transportation options such as hiring commercial motorcycles even if it is considered illegal under the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
“The demand for this service simply cannot be ignored, which is why I have filed a bill seeking to legalize the operation of motorcycles-for-hire,” he said.
Angara cited the case of motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas, which was recently allowed to operate for six months as part of a pilot-run of ‘motorcycle taxis.‘
The Department of Transportation earlier said this is to help lawmakers finalize proposals on motorcycle ride booking.
Under the bill, a motorcycle may register for transporting passengers if it has a minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters and a backbone-type built.
The LTO will be tasked to ensure the roadworthiness of motorcycles-for-hire before they are registered.
To further ensure their safety, no modifications on the motorcycles will be allowed, except for the installation, based on safe engineering design specifications, of motorcycle luggage carriers, saddlebags, step boards or footpegs and appropriate speed limiter and monitoring device.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded a low crime rate in Metro Manila from July 2016 to September 2019.
According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar there were 49,835 crime incidents recorded from July 2016 to September 2019 which is 62 percent lower compared to the 131,839 crime incidents recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.
However, based on the NCRPO records, murder cases increased by 60 percent. From July 2016 to September 2019, murder cases increased by 4,295 compared with the 2,682 cases recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.
Eleazar said the increase in the murder cases is due to the illegal drug campaign of the government.
“Dahil sa ating campaign against illegal drugs. Ito’y mga sindikatong nagpapatayan dahil they want to silence ang mga members ng syndicates (It is because of our campaign against illegal drugs. There are syndicates who are killing each other because they want to silence syndicate members),” he said.
Meanwhile, the number of cases in homicide, physical injury, rape, theft, and robbery decreased.
Eleazar is confident crime rate will continue to decline.
“Kasi sa city ordinances naiiwasan natin iyong mga petty crimes. At kapag naiwasan iyan ay maiiwasan din natin ang mga serious crimes to happen— nagiging effective ang ating crime prevention, (Because in city ordinances, petty crimes are prevented. And once it is prevented, we can also prevent serious crimes to happen)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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