January 23, 2018, 1:48 am
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Park your taxis, Angkas offers a flexible, safe, reliable option

BY Raymond G.B. Tribdino

TAXIS have been parked on the curbside as Uber and Grab have become the default choices when it comes to getting around Metro Manila. But even the most popular Transport Vehicle Network (TNV) services are now challenged with a cheaper, viable (but not as waterproof) option.

Angkas is a motorbike-hailing app, offering convenience and flexibility by providing an alternative solution to Metro Manila traffic. By helping to make motorbike transport safer for commuters Angkas, as its proponents see it, is a faster alternative as the traffic situation in Metro Manila is anticipated to deteriorate further
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Motorcycle taxis are not a new idea. In many provinces the service called “single” is an option, especially at night when jeepneys or tricycles are unavailable. In Manila there is the “habal-habal,” most commonly found in the Makati and Taguig areas.
Same as the single, the habal-habal has no safety measures or standardized processes in place. In both types there is no control, no way of tracking and no way of managing drivers. So the issue of safety always remains a question in the minds of commuters. 

The trend is similar in other countries around Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Called “motor taxis,” two-wheelers are accepted as a practical mode of transportation. In Jakarta for example, where automobile generated road congestion can reach 2 hours for a 5-kilometer route, a motorcycle can shuttle many a commuter past gridlock. Owing to its slim form, motorbikes allow passengers to weave through traffic jams and navigate sidestreets in ways that four-wheeled vehicles cannot.

“At first I was hesitant to ride Angkas,” say Sasha Ramirez, a pharmacist tive who lives in Pasig and works in Makati. “But my first ride was so pleasant, and fast, it is now my default ride even when it is raining, and I can dress casually,” she adds.

Not only it does aim to raise the standards of safety in motorcycle transportation, Angkas has meticulously rethought every aspect of the ride, with safety at the center of the experience.
Angkas operators say it has a five point advantage over the regular motorcycle taxi services.

First it provide the right riding gear. Passengers are provided with a high-quality, ICC-certified helmet, and make sure that it is fastened and secure. For sanitary purposes, passengers are issued a shower cap and a face mask, plus a raincoat if it’s raining — all free of charge

Then it uses only professional motorcycle drivers to pick up and drop off passengers. All drivers go through a background check, safety training and road skills assessments before they are activated on the platform. 

Upon booking a ride, passengers get detailed information on their biker: the biker’s name, mobile number, vehicle registration, previous passengers’ ratings and estimated time of arrival at the pick-up point. After each ride, passengers are asked to rate their bikers; bikers with consistently poor ratings or who violate the app’s Terms of Service are removed from the platform.

All rides can be tracked real-time; each ride is logged into the ANGKAS system, so the whereabouts of all bikers are known.

Third, Angkas drivers instruct passengers on the right way to mount and ride a motorbike. Passengers are reminded to put the foot pegs down before mounting from the left side to avoid the muffler. They are also advised to mount or dismount only after the biker tells them to do so to keep 

the motorbike steady. 

When riding, passengers are asked to sit still when the motorbike is still to maintain the bike’s balance. When in motion, they are taught to keep their balance by holding on to their biker’s waist and to lean with the rider’s movements.

They are also advised not to hold onto the biker’s shoulders as they may accidentally twist them and cause the bike to swerve.

Fourth, the driver and passenger chemistry begins with proper communication. Drivers are trained to ask about and accommodate the preferred routes, speeds (up to a maximum of 60 kph) and other preferences of their passengers prior to starting the ride.

Finally, Angkas provides accident insurance to every rider. In cases of untoward traffic incidents, both bikers and passengers are covered by personal accident insurance.

With these safety standards, Angkas aims to professionalize the industry and provide commuters a way to beat the traffic without sacrificing safety, comfort, and hygiene.

The Angkas app is available for free from the Apple App Store and Google PlayStore.

Malaya Business Insight was attempting to connect with executives from Angkas to find out if the company has secured the necessary accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to operate the motorbike taxi hailing service. No official reply was available as of press time. Last August, several Angkas driver were apprehended in separate LTRFB operations in Makati City for illegally picking up passengers. The LTFRB said that the service was operating without the proper permit.
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