Lawmakers are pushing for the passage of their respective bills that seek to amend Republic Act (RA) 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, enabling motorcycle taxi operation to ease public transportation woes.
Under RA 4136 motorcycle-hailing services such as Angkas and Joyride are banned.
However, they have been operational in the country initially under a technical working group (TWG) pilot study for viability.
John Reynald Tiangco, trade and industry committee as well as TWG chair, spoke of the importance motorcycle taxis would play in addressing the scarcity of public transportation that the country faces, during a virtual meeting with the House committee on transportation.
Among the lawmakers supporting the proposed amendments, Manila Fifth District Representative Cristal Bagatsing said that given the data from pilot studies and on site operator experience, Congress is at liberty to draft a bill, and pass legislation on the matter.
However, the TWG disagreed and found the study data summary previously presented by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), lacking.
During that same meeting, Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca expressed confidence in their service’s safety compliance efforts.
Royeca stated that their accident rate remains low at 0.003%, and reiterated that their drivers are well-trained and equipped with the necessary tools to prevent further spread of Covid19 such as their backride barriers.
Angkas and other motorcycle taxi services previously halted operation during the early stages of the pandemic, but were allowed to operate once more in late November under Provisional Authority (PA).