THE Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the operations of popular motorcycle ride-sharing service Angkas.
The High Tribunal issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the decision of the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court which previously allowed the popular app-based service to ply city roads again.
With the SC order, transportation officials led by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start apprehending Angkas riders again pending the final resolution of the case.
The Court also ordered the private operators of Angkas to submit their comment to the petition within 10 days from notice.
Last August, the Manduyong RTC granted a preliminary injunction to Angkas, preventing transport officials from apprehending them.
The LTFRB challenged the ruling before the SC, claiming Angkas was engaged in the business of public service, hence should be regulated.
The LTFRB earlier suspended Angkas’ operation for violating Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code that disallowed private motorcycles to ferry passengers for a fee.
“We are saddened to hear that the Supreme Court issued a TRO on an earlier court decision allowing Angkas to operate,” David Medrana, head of Angkas operations, said in a statement.
He said the order would definitely affect hundreds of thousands of commuters that need the Angkas service to beat the worsening holiday traffic.
He added that over 25,000 bikers of Angkas are at risk of losing their livelihood due to the Court’s TRO.