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Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Run Announced to Continue

This announcement came a day after the TWG that was handling the pilot said they are terminating it.

  • The Technical Working Group that was handling the motorcycle taxi pilot run has announced that the run will continue, a day after they announced its termination
  • The decision was made after hearing the sentiments of the Senate members who wish to continue the pilot run
  • The pilot run was initially terminated due to legal impediments to the study

Manila, Philippines – It seems that commuters might have a bit of help regarding day-to-day travel as the LTFRB’s Technical Working Group, or TWG, has retracted their previous announcement that they are terminating the motorcycle taxi pilot run, which the have announced the day before.

In an interview posted in Rappler, TWG chairman Antonio Gardiola, Jr. has said that the pilot run will continue, but new guidelines will be posted and that they will talk to the service providers, with the guidance of the Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

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Motorcycle taxi services such as Angkas will continue to operate after TWG retracted their announcement that the pilot run is terminated. Image credit: @angkas/Twitter

It was also mentioned that the retraction of the decision came after hearing the sentiments of the Senate members, who wish to have the pilot run to continue. In particular, Senator Bong Go was able to talk to Gardiola and is the one who suggested that they talk with the people from Angkas and other providers.

Currently there are now three companies that are in the motorcycle taxi pilot run: Angkas, JoyRide, and Movelt.

The TWG has announced the other day that they were terminating the motorcycle taxi pilot run and that all providers were to have only a week to stop their services. Before that, they have already announced around the end of 2019 that the pilot is supposed to end on March 23, 2020. The termination announcement came from being unable to gather information due to “legal impediments” including a Temporary Restraining Order that was issued to prevent the 10,000 member cap that was supposed to be implemented for each provider.

The said member cap also sparked the #SaveAngkas movement around December. During that time, Angkas had over 17,000 riders under their services.

 

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