Angkas optimistic gov’t will legalize its operations

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    Motorcycle ride-hailing service provider Angkas is urging the government to legalize its operation after six months of pilot run that ends this month.

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) granted Angkas a six-month trial run, from June 26 to December 26 this year, to temporarily operate in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

    George Royeca, Angkas chief transport advocate, is optimistic the government will approve Angkas’ application to continue operating.

    “The six-month pilot run, so far the findings are positive. I’m happy to say that this is something that we are able to maintain. We are working with DOTr to maintain our service,” Royeca said on the sidelines of the press conference for the Institute Corporate Director (ICD) forum.

    Currently, Angkas has over 3 million downloads and has on boarded 27,000 biker partners to serve Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. The company said its 99.9 percent safety record is due to a rigorous vetting and training process where only 30 percent of all applicants pass.

    Royeca said Angkas is hopeful the government will extend its pilot run while waiting for the Senate bill that will allow its operation.

    The technical working group (TWG) created by DOTr will present to the Senate in January.

    In December last year, DOTr instructed various agencies to form a TWG to discuss issues on the prospect of two-wheel vehicles operating as public transport.

    The TWG is composed of the DOTr, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Senate, House of Representatives, commuter welfare groups, road safety advocates, motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle organizations and law schools.