Motorcycle-taxi cap raised as test run expands to Cagayan de Oro

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Posted at Jan 22 2020 10:14 AM | Updated as of Jan 22 2020 04:41 PM

A vehicle from the new motorcycle taxi player JoyRide traverses along EDSA in Quezon City on January 6, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Motorcycle-hailing apps can add more riders to their stable and operate in the southern city of Cagayan de Oro during a pilot run for the service, the transport official overseeing it said Wednesday.

With the cap raised to 63,000 from 39,000, Angkas, JoyRide and Move It can each field 15,000 riders in Metro Manila, 3,000 in Metro Cebu and for the first time, 3,000 in Cagayan de Oro, said Antonio Gardiola, a member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

"Kung di ma-fill up yung cap nila (If they can't fill up their cap), it will be redistributed. The one who will benefit from it is Angkas because they have these ready players," Gardiola, head of the transport department's technical working group, told ANC's Early Edition.

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Move It earlier said it would welcome drivers from Angkas, which has 27,000 riders.

The DOTr technical working group on Tuesday met with the 3 platforms after it decided to push through with the pilot run.

The firms agreed to withdraw all its complaints against the TWG and would not file any cases during the pilot run that could "constrain" the body from implementing guidelines, Gardiola said.

"Alam naman natin na we are in a civil society governed by rules. On the part of the TWG, ayaw naman namin to come up with a hilaw resulta ng aming pagaaral. Ang pinaguusapan dito yung safety ng mga pasahero," he said.

(We know we are in a civil society governed by rules. On the part of the TWG, we don't want to come up with raw results in our study. What's at stake here is the safety of passengers.)

Motorcycles are not recognized as public transport under Philippine law and the pilot run was set as platforms such as Angkas grew popular among commuters caught in traffic jams.

"I don’t want to compromise the study to come up with raw data kasi ang nakataya dito ang buhay ng mga pasahero (because passengers' lives are on the line)," said Gardiola, who previously headed the Philippine National Police's Highway Patrol Group.

"The riders and the passengers, alam kong galit kayo sakin. Wag kayong magalit sakin kasi you will be the one who will benefit from this study. Sa ngayon po hintayin lang natin matapos ang pag-aaral kasi po ang mandato namin sa pag-aaral na to ay makakuha ng datos for us to be able to submit to Congress, para maaprubahan na ma-amend yung law."

(The riders and the passengers, I know you're mad at me but don't be, because you will be the one who will benefit from this study. Let's wait for the pilot to end because our mandate is to get data for us to be able to submit to Congress for the approval of the amendment of the law.)