Group asks court to stop 5 Angkas rivals from operating over safety concerns

Bruce Rodriguez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2019 07:02 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2019 07:03 PM

MANILA - A commuter safety advocacy group on Monday asked the courts to stop five motorcycle taxi service providers from operating without authorization from regulators.

Lawyers for Commuter Safety and Protection (LCSP) filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against motorcycle tax companies Joyride, Habal Rides Corp, I-Sabay, Sampa-Dala Corp, and Trans-Serve Corp.

LCSP, which is led by former Land Transport and Franchising Regulator Board (LTFRB) member Ariel Inton, said the 5 service providers have no authorization from the LTFRB and may cause "grave and substantial damage to the public."

Only ride-hailing app Angkas has so far been authorized to participate in the government's pilot-testing program for motorcycle taxis.

"So even LTRFB said na kolorum itong mga ito dahil wala sa pilot testing," Inton said.

(So even the LTFRB said these services are illegal because they are not part of the pilot-testing program.)

Atty. Raymond Fortun of LCSP said, the 5 companies are already offering their services via apps and social media, but are not being regulated "with regard to certain standards" like having a minimum training for riders.

Fortun added that they are concerned for commuters who would use these services because it was unknown if these companies have standards for helmets, maximum speed, and insurance coverage.

"Ang nakasalalay po dito ay yung safety ng mga taong gagamit ng mga serbisyong ito," Fortun said.

(What's at stake here is the safety of the people who will use these services.)

LCSP said they are not against competition but only want players recognized by transport regulators.

Joyride, one of the companies mentioned in LCSP's petition, earlier said that it would wait for regulatory approval before launching its service.

The pilot-testing period is set to end this December, but Inton said there are indications that the program will be extended.

Fortun said transport officials are also looking at the possibility of including other motorcycle taxi companies in the extended pilot run.

LCSP will amend the TRO petition to include other motorcycle taxi operators that don't have safety protocols, Fortun said.