MANILA - Commuters who want to pass through heavy Metro Manila traffic faster may soon have another option aside from four-wheeled vehicles.
Taxi booking service app GrabTaxi is now pilot testing a motorcycle taxi service called GrabBike in Makati and Bonifacio Global City.
The base fare for a GrabBike trip is P40 and an additional P5 is charged for succeeding kilometers.
If the trip is within Makati premises only, the fare will not exceed P50.
GrabBike riders are provided with a helmet, hairnet and face mask. They will also be given a raincoat if it rains.
GrabTaxi Philippines said both passengers and drivers of the service are insured. Motorcycle drivers will also be required to undergo training.
For safety reasons, passengers wearing skirts will not be allowed to book a trip.
"May required na motorcycle unit bago ka maka-register sa amin. May rules kami na dapat maayos ang pananamit ng rider, nakasapatos at 'di pwedeng nakabestida," said Khriz Lim,
marketing head of GrabTaxi Philippines.
Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it is still studying if the motorcycle service is covered by the rules governing Transport Network Companies (TNC).
"Pinapatawag na namin sila...We have to review the TNC department order," said LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez.
GrabTaxi Philippines said it is currently in talks with the LTFRB.
GrabTaxi has a certificate of accreditation given by the regulator for its taxi and private car services.
It provides services in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod and Baguio. -- Report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News