MANILA – Ride-hailing firm Angkas on Monday said a Mandaluyong court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the revised guidelines on the motorcycle taxi pilot run that capped the number of riders to 10,000 for each of 3 participating platforms.
The 72-hour TRO was issued upon payment of a P300,000 bond, Angkas said.
Under the revised guideline, the 30,000 cap on riders would be equally divided to 3 players namely Angkas, JoyRide and MoveIt with 10,000 riders each. It was supposed to take effect Monday, Jan. 6.
Angkas said it has 27,000 riders under its fleet. Some 17,000 will lose their jobs if the cap will be imposed, the ride-hailing firm earlier said.
"At this initial stage of the proceedings, suffice it to state that these conditions are extant at the moment, there is urgency in the issuance of a 72-hour TRO," the decision read.
"With the implementation of Motorcycle taxis, 17,000 Angkas riders who have been earlier accredited by Angkas and allowed to participate in the pilot implementation will suffer grave irreparable injury as they would lose their jobs," it said.
The technical working group (TWG) tasked to assess the safety of motorcycles for use in public transport “stands on solid legal ground” in the implementation of the program, it said in a statement.
“We remain steadfast in carrying out our mandate, especially in ensuring that the safety and welfare of the riding public is at stake,” the group said, adding that it would comment on the merit of the TRO once a copy has been received.