THE Senate urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to give ride-hailing service Angkas provisional authority to operate while lawmakers are moving to craft the pertinent legislation allowing motorcycle taxis to be considered as public transportation for hire.
In a Senate hearing on motorcycle taxis held by the Senate Committee on Public Services, Senator Ralph Recto stated that the provisional authority to operate will allow the lawmakers to monitor and assess the service.
In the same hearing, Senator Grace Poe, chair of the public services committee, recommended that the DOTr come up with a Department Order (DO.) to regulate motorcycle taxis in the meantime. “We will definitely strengthen it by supplementing it with a law,” she stressed. She gave the DOTr 30 days to come up with the DO.
Sen. Poe earlier filed Senate Resolution No. 993 urging the committee to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation into the possibility of allowing motorcycle taxis to operate as public transportation for hire.
P.S. Res no. 993, penned by Senator Grace Poe herself, has the end goal of amending Republic Act No. 4136, also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. The resolution also urged the committee to formulate rules ensuring the safety of the riding public and motorcycle riders.
In the resolution, Sen. Poe noted the “horrendous traffic” in Metro Manila and all other cities all over the country as well as the increasing prices of petroleum products. “It is understandable that Filipino commuters, motorists and entrepreneurs relying on transportation would explore other more speedy, convenient, and cheap modes of transportation,” Poe stated.
The resolution also noted that some Filipinos have resorted to two-wheeled motorcycles-for-hire, particularly motorcycle riders who registered with the ride-hailing application Angkas.