Pilot run of motorcycle taxis resumes Nov. 23

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) – The pilot run of motorcycle taxis will resume on Nov. 23, the Land Transportation Office said in a statement on Friday.

The LTO said the three leading motorcycle taxi companies, which participated in the technical working group to discuss the resumption of motorcycle taxi operations, complied with the requirements set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), and the National Task Force Against COVID-19.

The technical working group is composed of LTO, Department of Transportation, Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board, Inter-Agency Council for Traffic, and the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group.

The three motorcycle taxi operators that are part of the group are Angkas, MoveIt, and JoyRide. These companies have yet to release a statement as of press time.

The IATF-MEID approved the resumption of motorcycle taxi operations last Oct. 23 and its guidelines last Nov. 9. The pilot study could have ended in April this year, but got suspended in March due to the imposition of COVID-19 quarantine measures in the country.

Among the salient points in the IATF-approved guidelines is the implementation of full cashless payment in motorcycle taxi transactions to further minimize human contact.

Passengers are also now required to bring their own helmet with a visor when riding a motorcycle taxi. The visor will act as the passenger's face shield for their protection against the coronavirus.

The IATF-MEID previously mandated motorcycle taxis to install barriers with specifications approved by the task force.