After a series of back-and-forth arguments over the last couple of months, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its technical working group (TWG) came up with the decision last month to increase the rider cap of the motorcycle-taxi pilot run to 63,000.
Here’s the breakdown of that total: Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It will each have 15,000 riders in Metro Manila, 3,000 in Metro Cebu, and 3,000 in Cagayan de Oro. Moreover, since Move It will not be able to maximize its rider cap in Metro Manila, it has agreed to give 5,000 of its slots to Angkas, increasing the latter’s allowed number of riders to 20,000.
The DOTr-TWG then set a February 12 deadline for all service providers to submit their official list of registered riders. After said deadline, Move It was still 3,164 riders short of its total allotment in Metro Manila, so the TWG decided to allow the two other operators to provide a list of additional riders to fill up the remaining slots. A first-come, first-served basis was followed for this, and Angkas was the quickest to submit its final list, thus granting it all of the remaining slots.
As it stands, here is the final and official tally of Metro Manila riders per motorcycle-taxi operator:
- Angkas – 23,164
- Joyride – 15,000
- MoveIt – 6,836
This means we can expect even more Angkas riders to ply the streets of the metro in the coming weeks, then. For commuters who use these motorcycle-taxi services regularly, be informed. Also, take note that we are nearing the scheduled end of the pilot run on March 23, so watch this space if you want to stay in the loop.