Transport regulation chief to Angkas drivers: Stop operations amid talks on legalization

Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 18 2019 03:42 PM

MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday appealed to Angkas drivers to stop servicing passengers while the legalization of the use of motorcycles for public transport is still being discussed.

"Undercover" enforcers were currently deployed to apprehend Angkas drivers operating amid the Supreme Court decision directing the agency to flag down active units, LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra told reporters.

Motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas had earlier urged the Supreme Court to lift the temporary restraining order it issued in early December which allowed transport authorities to apprehend its riders.

“Appeal ko na lang po, pinag-uusapan naman, 'wag na lang muna sila sa daan so we’ll not complicate things in that sense," Delgra said.

(I appeal to you, discussions are on going so let us not complicate thins in that sense)

Transport authorities were set to meet with the private sector, commuter groups, and the academe Friday to form a technical working group focused on discussing the possibility of legalizing the operations of motorcycle taxis in the country.

“Kung saka-sakaling payagan, the safety issue must be addressed," Delgra said.

(If approved, the safety issue must be addressed)

The House Committee on Metro Manila Development on Monday urged the DOTr to come up with a department order to regulate motorcycle ride-sharing services like Angkas, while waiting for the amendment of the law defining vehicles suitable for public transport.

The platform had become popular amid the country's poor public transport system. On-demand motorcycles are also cheaper than cars that operate in ride-hailing services, and are able to convey passengers faster through heavy traffic.