MMDA cracks down on habal-habal riders while monitoring the motorcycle-taxi pilot run

As part of data gathering for the experimental scheme
by Aris Ilagan | Feb 14, 2020
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Traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have intensified their measures against illegal habal-habal operations in different parts of Metro Manila as the agency continues its data gathering on Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It, the three companies authorized to participate in the ongoing motorcycle-taxi pilot run.

In a dzBB radio interview, MMDA general manager Jojo Garia also warned riders of the three aforementioned companies to strictly observe traffic rules and regulations. “Yung mga pasaway na habal-habal, pati na rin yung sa mga [riders of] motorcycle taxi, posible po kayong ma-blacklist kung mahuli kayong lumalabag sa batas-trapiko,” he said. “Dahil kung pasaway na kayo sa simula pa lang, recorded na namin lahat yan.”

The official claimed that the technical working group formed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr-TWG) to oversee the pilot run has already distributed the master list of accredited riders in the experimental scheme to various agencies—the MMDA, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

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The MMDA is focusing its operations on identified habal-habal terminals. Government authorities have estimated that there are about 200,000 habal-habal riders in Metro Manila alone.

The total number of accredited riders allowed to participate in the pilot run is 63,000, covering operations in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro City. The MMDA’s jurisdiction is limited to Metro Manila, where 15,000 riders are alloted for each of the three authorized motorcycle-taxi companies, for a total of 45,000.

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If an Angkas, JoyRide, or Move It rider is apprehended for a traffic violation, his name will be radioed immediately to the MMDA’s Central Command to verify if it is on the list of pilot-run participants. In adition, the DOTr-TWG has deployed ‘mystery passengers’ to ride motorcycle taxis for the purpose of checking whether the rider is an authorized pilot-run participant or not.

All traffic violations and involvement in vehicular accidents will be recorded by the MMDA and other traffic-management agencies, and after the pilot run ends on March 23, 2020, the data collected will be forwarded to the DOTr-TWG. This will then be the basis of a recommendation by the DOTr-TWG to Congress, which is deliberating the proposed bill on the legalization of motorcycle taxis in the country.

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