Motorcycle taxis illegal in the Philippines from next week

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  • Monday, 20 Jan 2020

Workers of motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas ride along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue as they take part in a protest against the government's directive cutting some 17,000 workers during a pilot run, in Manila on Dec 22, 2019. - AFP

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): Starting next week, motorcycles-for-hire will be declared “illegal” and will be impounded, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Antonio Gardiola Jr said on Monday (Jan 20).

In an interview with reporters at the Senate prior to a hearing on bills seeking to regulate motorcycle taxis, Gardiola said they have recommended the termination of the pilot study meant to assess the safety of bikes for public transport.

“We cannot gather data because of actions being undertaken on one of the players so it is better to terminate it, ” Gardiola said.

Gardiola, who heads the technical working group heading the pilot run, said that the motorcycle taxis will be deemed “illegal.”

“So maybe a week from now, we will start enforcement, ” he said. - Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network

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