'Angkas' to customers: Don't book rides during heavy rains


Posted at May 25 2019 04:16 PM | Updated as of May 26 2019 10:05 PM

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For safety reasons, management of ride-hailing app Angkas said it is discouraging people from booking rides during heavy rainfall.

This, amid the occurrence of rainy weather in parts of the metro over the week.

George Royeca, Angkas public affairs head said booking rides during rainy weather is discouraged because of the poor conditions of roads in the event of a downpour.

It also called on their users to wear protective rain gear if they need to take the ride amid rainy weather.

"Talagang dinidiscourage po natin (sumakay) 'pag sobrang lakas ng ulan. Mayroon namang kapote ang ating mga Angkas rider at talagang ine-encourage namin 'yung mga commuter na magdala ng kapote," Royeca told radio DZMM Saturday.

"Pero talagang stop po 'yong ride kapag umuulan nang malakas kasi talaga pong delikado kapag basa 'yung daan," he added.

Royeca encouraged users to use their app, claiming it saves 40 to 50 percent time travel time for commuters.

He said Angkas is "at par" with multi-travel commuting, saying it costs "almost as much" when traveling via cheaper public transportation such as riding the train or a tricycle to the destination.

"We want inclusive mobility, so ang gusto natin meron tayong modes of transport na i-choose ng commuters na pwede sa lahat," he said.

The Department of Transportation has allowed Angkas to operate on a 6-month test run as a motorcycle taxi.