The time for motorcycle taxis (apps like Joy Ride and Angkas) has come to an end. Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Board Member Antonio Gardiola Jr. said that motorcycle taxi will no longer be allowed to operate starting next week. This ends the pilot test given to motorcycle taxis to operate in Metro Manila and Cebu.
Gardiola is the head of the technical working group (TWG) heading the pilot run. They recommended the termination of the pilot study. It was meant to assess the safety of bikes for public transport. The termination was approved by Secretary Arthur Tugade.
The report was submitted to Congress and will be enforcing next week.
“Parang magulo eh (It seems messy). We are resorting to legal rigmarole sa nangyayaring ito (with what’s happening). Bale, nagfile sila ng kaso na nai-impede ang study (They filed a case saying the study was impeded)…We cannot gather data because of actions being undertaken by one of the players, so it is better to terminate it,” said Gardiola in reports.
The termination of the study, according to Gardiola, should only be seen in the safety study. The potential loss of income for the riders are not part of the considerations of the study.
The chair of the Senate public services committee, Senator Grace Poe said the panel’s hearing will focus on the pilot run, the supply cap set by the government regulator, and issue regarding ownership of motorcycle taxis.