Angkas touts '99.997 percent' safety record as end of pilot run looms


Posted at Dec 07 2019 09:52 AM | Updated as of Dec 07 2019 10:31 AM

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MANILA - Motorcycle-hailing app Angkas said Saturday it had a "99.997 percent" safety record in its pilot run, which is scheduled to end on Dec. 26.

Angkas said it presented the data to the technical working group (TWG) of the Department of Transportation which approved the pilot last May to test the safety and economic viability of motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila and Cebu.

"Mukhang positive naman po yung reviews, ngayon naghihintay lamang po tayo ng rekomendasyon sa TWG," Angkas' chief transport advocate George Royeca told radio DZMM.

(There seems to be positive reviews, right now we're just waiting for the recommendation of the TWG.)

"Ang hinihingi po natin sana mai-extend po tayo habang inaayos yung batas."

(We're asking for an extension while the measure is pending.)

Before the 6-month test, Angkas suspended motor taxi operations and operated as a courier service. A bill is pending before the Senate and the House of Representatives to legalize motorcycle taxis.

Angkas puts a premium on safety by offering both rider and passenger insurance of P450,000 for death or dismemberment, and P100,000 medical reimbursement, Royeca said.

It also deploys medical response teams to assist in road accidents, even if Angkas was not involved, he added.

Angkas currently has 27,000 riders, with 5,000 operating in Cebu, according to Royeca. It also offers free training to motorcycle riders and has so far trained 120,000 riders, he added.