The whole motorcycle taxi saga has made a turn for the worse: The technical working group (TWG) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has now announced that the pilot run has been terminated. The TWG has made it clear that starting next week, motorcycle taxis will be illegal and violators will be apprehended. The experimental scheme was originally supposed to end on March 23, 2020.
TWG chairman Antonio Gardiola Jr. said that the main reason for terminating the pilot run extension is because the group has already reached the halfway point of the three-month period, but it has yet to gather significant data from the study due to several legal impediments.
“Magulo eh. We are resorting to legal rigmarole sa nangyayaring ito. Nag-file sila ng kaso so nai-impede ang study. We cannot gather data because of actions being undertaken by one of the players, so it’s better to terminate it. Kasi almost half na ng three-month extension and wala pa kaming ma-gather na data,” Gardiola said in an interview today, January 20, ahead of a Senate hearing on the regulation of motorcycle taxis.
This means that the three current players in the pilot run—Angkas, JoyRide, and MoveIt—will no longer be allowed to operate once the decision has been finalized. However, take note that this is a developing story—as of writing, the matter is currently being discussed in the aforementioned Senate hearing, so we’ll have more for you as we have it. In the meantime, you can share your two cents in the comments section.