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BILL SEEKING TO LEGALIZE MOTORCYCLES AS PUV FILED IN HOUSE



Troubled commuters on the road may soon find comfort as motorcycles are now being legally sought to be used as public utility vehicles (PUVs).

In a bill filed by Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon, the Land Transportation and Traffic Code prohibiting the use of motorcycles and scooters as forms of public transportation is eyed to be amended.

With this, Biazon said the bill, once passed into law, will provide a legal environment for motorcycles-for-hire such as Angkas.

According to the lawmaker, the measure requires motorcycle drivers to get their franchises from the LTFRB since their business model provides them to render transport services across local government unit jurisdictions.

Meantime, the House Committee on Metro Manila Development led by Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo has tasked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to legitimize these motorcycles-for-hire.

Castelo said the committee is directed to draft the resolution for immediate compliance by the DOTr.

According to the lawmaker, this move would give the quickest relief for Filipino commuters while the government is still resolving the long-standing traffic in the metro.

He said that the pending bills filed in Congress that would legalize motorcycles-for-hire would take a lot of time because of long legislative process.

Earlier, the panel adopted a manifestation urging the transport agency to grant Angkas pilot test run status all over the country with no prejudice to the pending Supreme Court case.

Angkas operations are still halted after the SC ordered an injunction on its Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) stopping the LTFRB from regulating the service.

Meantime, DOTr said a Technical Working Group (TWG) is being formed to discuss whether or not motorcycles may be allowed to become a legal public transportation mode.

Tugade cited one of the aspects they are concerned about is the safety of the riding public.

However, Angkas representative George Royeca said that Angkas has a safety record of 99.99% over the past year and a half.