DOTr lets Angkas deploy over 23,000 motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila

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Angkas gets more than half the slots given by authorities for motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Manila under the pilot study, which runs until next month. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) — Motorcycle taxi firm Angkas has gained the lion's share in motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (TWG) handling the pilot run said Angkas has been allowed to deploy 23,164 riders for the motorcycle taxi study, which runs until March 23.

The adjustment comes after service provider Move It only registered 6,836 riders on the February 12 deadline, well below the 15,000 cap set for each company. JoyRide registered exactly 15,000 names, leaving the excess slots to Angkas — the service which previously went through a six-month pilot test in 2019.

The TWG said all three players agreed to the redistribution of rider slots during a meeting with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. For now, only riders registered under Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It are authorized to pick up and drop off passengers who book rides through mobile apps, which also set the fares.

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Authorities earlier capped the number of riders at 13,000 per firm. Angkas then filed a temporary restraining order against the TWG to stop its implementation, which led authorities to threaten to blacklist the company for questioning the rules.

The study would be crucial to the decision of lawmakers on bills declaring motorcycles-for-hire as a legal mode of public transport in the Philippines.

Two Senate committees approved their version of the bill last week. The measure would still need to go through second and third reading approvals, although there have been enough votes secured among senators to ensure its passage.

The House of Representatives must also pass their version of the bill, which will then be harmonized with the Senate proposal before it is referred to the President's signing into law.