DOTr: Only around 5,000 motorcycle taxis authorized so far

That’s way short
by Drei Laurel | Dec 26, 2019
PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

It looks like the number of motorcycle-taxi units registering with ride-hailing companies might take a while to ramp up.

According to a statement released by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), only 5,056 units are registered with Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It so far. This is based on data collected by the government’s Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Run Technical Working Group (TWG) as of 9am today, December 26, 2019.

“This will, therefore, set the record straight in so far as compliance to the documentary and regulatory requirements of the TWG is concerned,” the TWG said in its statement. “Most especially on the need to fully register and declare the names and number of contracted riders by the service providers.”

Of that number, 2,204 motorcycle-taxi units are registered with Angkas, 1,438 units with JoyRide, and 1,414 units with Move It. Those figures are significantly short of the 10,000-unit limit per ride-hailing company that the TWG is now imposing within Metro Manila.

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December 26, 2019, was initially the last day of the government’s motorcycle taxi run, until it was recently extended to March 23, 2020. Angkas and commuters are now up in arms following the extension as the new 10,000-unit limit reduces the company’s rider base by a significant margin.

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Let’s wait and see how long it takes for Angkas, Joy Ride, and Move It to fill up all those vacant slots.

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