MANILA - The House of Representatives on Monday approved the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles (PUVs).
House Bill 8959, which allows and regulates the use of motorcycles for public transport, was approved by 181 lawmakers on third and final reading.
House Committee on Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento explained, however, that the bill needs a senate counterpart.
"In so far as we are concerned, nagawa na namin on 3rd reading, dapat sa Senado meron din similar measure amending the Land Traffic and Transportation Code na kino-consider na yung motorcycles for hire as a public utilty," Sarmiento said.
As of now, the law doesn't allow motorcycles to be given franchises, Sarmiento explained.
The bill will also require the operators of motorcycles-for-hire insurance coverage for the driver, rider and third party.
It also mandates the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to set and adjust the fares, rates and other necessary charges for operations.
The bill also provides penalties for erring motorcycle-for-hire operators.
Motorcycle ride-hailing platform Angkas had lobbied for the approval of the bill, saying motorcycles provide a faster means of transport for the public.
Angkas also said that thousands of motorcycle riders depend on the platform for their livelihood.