Resumption of motorcycle taxi pilot study approved, but public advised to await guidelines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — The country’s coronavirus task force has allowed the resumption of a pilot study on motorcycle taxis, its spokesman announced Friday.

“Mabuting balita po iyan dahil pwede na naman tayong mag-Angkas and Joyride,” Harry Roque, spokesman of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said in a news briefing.

[Translation: This is good news because we can use Angkas and Joyride again.]

But Roque advised the public to await the official guidelines that will be issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

Motor taxi operations have been suspended since March, when community quarantine was first implemented, while the pilot study ended in April.

A House panel earlier urged the policy makers to extend the conduct of the motorcycle taxi study.

The government started the pilot run on the use of motorcycle taxis last year over concerns about safety and the service's viability.