THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority have begun apprehending unregistered or colorum motorcycles and “habal-habal” or motorcycle-for hire plying the streets of Metro Manila.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said the agency was tapped by Antonio Gardiola Jr., chairman of the Department of Transportation’s Technical Working Group conducting a pilot study on motorcycle taxis.
Garcia said they will particularly apprehend riders who are not included in the master list of participants from three motorcycle ride-hailing apps Angkas, Joy Ride and Move It included in the pilot study.
“Other ride-hailing apps like Sampa, Kandong, etc. are not permitted to operate and therefore are all illegal. We will also be on the lookout against “habal-habal” riders and terminals,” said Garcia.
To help government enforcers, Garcia urged the public to report the locations of “habal-habal” terminals and report them to the MMDA through its social media accounts in Facebook and Twitter.
As to the procedures of apprehension, Garcia cited that traffic enforcers would check their driver’s license and verify the names in the master list. Those not included in the list shall receive a citation ticket.
Gardiola turned over the master list which will be used as the traffic enforcers’ basis of apprehension.
Gardiola cited they have received reports that a firm have exceeded the overall cap allotted for it while other ride-hailing firms are not permitted to operate in the ongoing pilot test which will run until March.
Gardiola warned illegal ride-hailing firms caught with blatant violations could be blacklisted by the end of the study.