Move It open to Angkas drivers as it fills up 10,000-rider allocation

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Posted at Jan 06 2020 09:11 AM | Updated as of Jan 06 2020 11:42 AM

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MANILA -- Motorcycle taxi-hailing firm Move It said Monday it was willing to take in drivers from bigger rival Angkas, as it sought to fill the 10,000-rider allocation from regulators.

Move It has so far registered 2,500 drivers and is processing 6,500 more before the end of the deadline to register drivers next week, said its operations manager Eric Torres. It currently has 500 drivers on the road, he said.

Angkas, which led the initial pilot run for motor taxis, said the 10,000 driver cap would displace 17,000 of its total 27,000 riders during the extended test run, which would run until March. A third player, JoyRide, was also allocated 10,000 slots.

"Given that we only have about 3 weeks to fill that up, it’s really a tough task to accomplish but we are working on it. 10,000 would be realistically difficult to fill up," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"We are accepting riders, wherever they are from. As long as they go through our application screening and onboarding process. Everybody is welcome," he said.

Move It, a multi-service app with parcel and food delivery and car ride hailing, is owned by We-Load Transcargo Corp and is not affiliated with any politician, Torres said.

It charges a P30 base fare and P10 for succeeding kilometers with no surge pricing, he said.

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JoyRide increase its flee to 3,500 from its 1,400-strong fleet within the week, as it accredits more drivers, said its vice president for corporate affairs Noli Eala.

The deployment of some JoyRide drivers was delayed due to the delivery of their safety gear and uniform, Eala told DZMM. 

"Handa po kaming punuan iyong aming 10,000 cap, handa po kaming magsilbi sa publiko," he said. 

(We are ready to fill the 10,000 cap, we are ready to serve the public.)