Villanueva tells transport regulators: Stop 'childish' decision ending motorcycle taxis

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Posted at Jan 21 2020 04:26 PM

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MANILA - Senator Joel Villanueva on Tuesday expressed relief after the technical working group reversed its earlier recommendation to terminate the pilot run of motorcycle taxis.

"We're glad that the technical working group studying the viability of motorcycle taxis as public transport has come to its senses," Villanueva said in a statement. 

In an interview on ANC's Headstart, Villanueva described the recommendation as a childish move on the part of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

"Kitang-kita mo na galit at ganti itong nangyaring statement nila, unilaterally bawal na lahat itong motorcycle taxis na ito," he said. 

(You can see their anger and want for revenge in their statement unilaterally banning these motorcycle taxis.)

LTFRB Board Member Antonio Gardiola on Monday said the pilot study would, end and that ride-hailing enterprises Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It could be considered "illegal." 

Motorcycles are not recognized as public transport under Philippine law, and the pilot run was pursued as motorcycle taxis grew popular among commuters caught in traffic jams.

Villanueva said the Senate Committee on Public Services, chaired by Sen. Grace Poe, will conduct another hearing next week.

"For the meantime, we all appeal not to implement or pursue their childish decision," he said. "It is important that we continue with this program, with this pilot test. At the end of the day, we must make sure that the regulations would be effective, our passengers would be safe and secured."

- ANC Headstart, 21 January 2020