Motorcycle taxis will be randomly inspected by the DOTr’s ‘mystery passengers’

That’s one way to ensure compliance, we suppose
by Leandre Grecia | Feb 6, 2020
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Here’s a fair warning to Angkas, JoyRide, and MoveIt: ‘Mystery passengers’ have now been deployed to randomly inspect motorcycle taxis that are currently operating in the metro.

With the help of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT)—this includes the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group—the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its mystery passengers want to ensure that all riders are following the guidelines and complying with the requirements set for this ongoing motorcycle-taxi pilot run. This is also to see if riders are not compromising the safety of all passengers in any way.

The DOTr also reminded the three operators that only riders included on the master list of the technical working group (TWG) overseeing the pilot run are allowed to operate for the duration of this experimental scheme. It plans to strictly enforce this policy, and these mystery passengers will also be able to help identify any violators. Of course, violators will be apprehended, and the necessary penalties shall be imposed.

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The past few months have been quite the roller-coaster ride for everyone involved in the motorcycle-taxi pilot run. Thankfully, the DOTr and the three operators have met halfway and have agreed upon new terms that were implemented just last month.

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