Court junks Angkas plea

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    A Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has junked a petition of Angkas for another temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the revised guidelines that put a cap on the number of riders participating in the motorcycle taxi pilot run.

    In a four-page order dated Jan. 10, 2020 and signed by Judge Rizalina Capco-Umali, the Mandaluyong City RTC Branch 212 dismissed the petition lodged by Angkas against respondents Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for lack of merit.

    “Since the petitioner’s application for issuance of injunctive writ involves prayer to enjoin the enforcement of Section 10 of revised general guidelines for the pilot implementation of motorcycle taxis, which is also the same action being sought in the main case of injunction, the court is mindful that as much as possible avoid issuing writ which would effectively dispose of the main case without trial and/or due process,” the court said in its order.

    Under Section 10 of the of revised general guidelines for the pilot run of motorcycle taxis, a total of 30,000 riders for Metro Manila and 9,000 riders for Metro Cebu shall form part of the pilot implementation of motorcycle taxis, wherein the number of riders will be divided evenly among qualified ride-hailing platform providers.

    As such, under the revised guidelines, which took effect on Jan. 6, 2020, the number of Angkas accredited riders was slashed from 27,000 to 10,000 to accommodate the entry of riders from Move-It and Joy Ride as each of  the three motorcycle taxi providers are entitled to have 10,000 riders.

    It can be recalled that Angkas filed a petition for injunction with application for the issuance of a 72-hour TRO to stop the DOTr and the LTFRB from implementing the revised general guidelines for the pilot implementation of motorcycle taxis, arguing that it puts a cap on the number of riders that Angkas is entitled to.

    After the lapse of the 72-hour TRO and after the conduct of a hearing, Angkas also sought that the writ of preliminary injunction against the implementation of the revised general guidelines be made permanent.

    A Quezon City RTC granted a 20-day TRO on the implementation of the cap on motorcycle taxi last week.