Angkas, motorcycle groups hold protest motorcade on EDSA


Posted at Dec 16 2018 10:42 AM | Updated as of Dec 16 2018 07:03 PM

MANILA - Thousands of motorcycle riders held Sunday a motorcade on EDSA to protest the ban on using motorbikes in ride-sharing platforms, as well as a proposal to put license plates on the front part of motorcycles.

The Supreme Court recently issued a temporary restraining order against a Mandaluyong Court decision that barred authorities from apprehending drivers operating under ride-hailing platform Angkas.

The motorcade stretched for more than a kilometer along EDSA on the northbound lane starting from the People Power Monument at White Plains.

Angkas riders are asking the government to legalize motorcycle ride-sharing saying this was a source of livelihood for around 25,000 motorcycle riders who use the platform.

Motorcycle groups, meanwhile, urged the government to reconsider a plan to put license plates on the front of motorcycles, saying this poses a risk to the safety of riders and other road users.

The Motorcycle Rights Organization, which organized the "Unity Ride" said strong wind can tear off a license plate mounted in front of a motorcycle and injure riders and others along the road.

A Senate bill earlier proposed mandating the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to issue bigger and reflectorized license plates that must be placed in both front and rear parts of motorcycles.

Regulators, meanwhile, suspended the operations of Angkas in November 2017 citing the lack of a business permit. It also said it disapproved the use of motorcycles in ride-sharing services due to safety concerns.

Angkas resumed its operations in September this year following the Mandaluyong court's ruling.

- with reports from Arra Perez and Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News