Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Angara: Let’s Legalize Motorcycles-For-Hire Now

Angara: Let’s Legalize Motorcycles-For-Hire Now

Spotlight

Celebrities And Influencers Join Love Plus Charity Foundation

These celebrities and influencers have stepped up and maximized their privilege by helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOTr Reiterates PUV Transport Protocols Under MECQ, GCQ

Department of Transportation reminds the public to follow the imposed health and safety guidelines for public transportation to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

SM Net Income At PHP9.0 Billion In Q1

SM Investments Corporation reports its first quarter net income stood at PHP9.0 billion, lower by 16% than the previous year, partially due to the ECQ.

MRT-3 Eyes Completion Of Line Replacement Works By September

MRT-3 will also increase running speed to 60 KPH by December!

Traffic in Metro Manila is getting worse by the day, the mass transit systems are constantly breaking down and many commuters are left with no choice but to use motorcycles-for-hire or ‘habal-habal’ to get from point A to point B.

Technically, this increasingly-popular mode of transport is still considered illegal under the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which covers the registration and operation of all motor vehicles in the country.

Angkas, for instance, was allowed to operate for six months starting last June 8 as part of a pilot-run of ‘motorcycle taxis.’

“Commuting in Metro Manila has become very challenging. A typical commuter has to allocate at least two hours to get to work or school and that is if their regular modes of transport are available. What if the MRT breaks down? Kulang pa ang 2 oras mo sa byahe,” Angara said.

“Tulad nitong nangyari sa LRT-2 na nasunog. Libo libong Pilipino ang naperwisyo nito at karamihan sa kanila ay habal na ang sinasakyan para mas mabilis makarating sa destinasyon nila at mas mura din ito kumpara sa Grab,” Angara added.

Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code only allows the registration of motorcycles for either private or government and prohibits its listing as a vehicle for hire.

“However, individuals and even unaccredited transport groups, continue to utilize motorcycles for public transport despite explicit prohibition of such operation under the same law,” Angara said.

Motorcycles-for-hire have long been around and for some provinces, this is even a considered a primary mode of public transportation.

“The demand for this service simply cannot be ignored, which is why I have filed a bill seeking to legalize the operation of motorcycles-for-hire,” Angara said.

Senate Bill 1025 amends the Land Transportation and Traffic Code to allow motorcycles to be registered with the Land Transportation Office as ‘for hire’ and may be used as a commercial vehicle to transport passengers and goods.

In order to be registered for transporting passengers, a motorcycle must have a minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters and a backbone-type built.

The LTO will be tasked to ensure the roadworthiness of motorcycles-for-hire before they are registered.

To further ensure their safety, no modifications on the motorcycles will be allowed, except for the installation, based on safe engineering design specifications, of motorcycle luggage carriers, saddlebags, step boards or foot pegs and appropriate speed limiter and monitoring device.

Photo Credit: facebook.com/sonnyangara

Latest News

OPPO Wireless Headphone Models Win 1 Gold, 2 Platinum In A’Design Awards

Whatever gadget that is, OPPO has a surefire way to stand out among its competitors.

Mayor Magalong: Baguio City’s Successful Contact Tracing Due To ‘Quality Info’

Mayor Magalong reveals how they achieved the successful contract tracing in Baguio City.

78 Antiqueños Avail Of OFW Return Program

78 OFWs, nakauwi na sa kani-kanilang tirahan sa Antique.

Pres. Duterte Used All Special Powers To Address COVID-19

PPRD was able to exhaust all the emergency powers granted to him by Congress to allow his administration to stop the COVID-19, as per Malacañang.

SKY Cable Extends Access To More Channels Until May 31

Extended na ang entertainment hanggang May 31! Anong channel ang palagi mong pinapanood?

Service Driver Offers Free Snacks And Bible Verses To Passengers

How can you thank your employer during this pandemic? This preacher/driver shows you how simple it is. ✨

Mayors Express Gratitude to ABS-CBN’s “Pantawid Ng Pag-Ibig” Campaign

‘Pantawid’ donations reach ₱400 million! Thank you, ABS-CBN!

Mayor Joy Places 2 Densely Populated Areas Under Special Concern Lockdown

QC government puts Certeza Compound in Barangay Culiat and Alley 2 Homart Road in Barangay Baesa under special concern lockdown.

Honda PH Faces The New Normal For Mobility Needs

Explore the 'new normal' with Honda Philippines!