MANILA - Motorcycle-ride hailing firm JoyRide on Wednesday said they were satisfied with the concessions agreed upon by the technical working group and other platforms to continue the study on the viability of motorcycles as public transport.
"We were surprised that it reached that kind of agreement. When you talk about sincerity on what you want to ask the government and what the government wants to ask us as players, I think it reached a very good ending," said Edwin Rodriguez, business development adviser of JoyRide.
The DOTr technical working group on Tuesday met with JoyRide, Angkas and Move It after it recalled its decision to end the pilot study for motorcycle taxis after considering the "sentiments" of senators during a hearing on Monday.
"We were surprised. When we joined this pilot run we know that it will end on March 23. We're still in the process of boarding, ordering gears, then suddenly there was that kind of announcement so we were really surprised," Rodriguez said.
The TWG and the 3 firms have agreed on providing a cap on motorcycle taxi drivers.
The cap was increased to 63,000 from 39,000, with a province in Mindanao added for the pilot test.
JoyRide, Angkas and Move It will each have 15,000 riders in Metro Manila, 3,000 in metro Cebu, and 3,000 in Cagayan de Oro City, according to Antonio Gardiola, head of the DoTr's TWG.
Rodriguez said JoyRide is ready to fill up the remaining slots.
"Right now we already registered the 10,000 so with that new direction we will continue our own boarding. We are confident that the 15,000 in Metro Manila we can fulfill that," he said.
The firm has currently 4,000 registered riders already on the streets.
He also bared that delays in the delivery of gear they ordered from China is becoming a concern since the pilot run is only until March.
"This is the concern. The gears that we have ordered from China, especially now it's Chinese New Year so it's affecting the deliveries," he said.
He stressed that their priority is still the safety of passengers.
"We can only let those drivers be on the streets once they have the proper gears. That is our concern, the arrival of our gears from China."
Motorcycles are not recognized as public transport under Philippine law and the pilot run was set as motorcycle taxi platforms grew popular among commuters who want to escape traffic jams.
"We're still confident and hoping that Congress will enact the law and make this legal," he said.