Move it to Robin Padilla: Transmit the moto-taxi bill

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MANILA, Philippines — Transportation group Move It has asked Senator Robin Padilla to pass the Motorcycle Taxi Bill to employ more motorcycle riders and create more transportation options for commuters.

According to Move It president Francis Juan, motorcycle taxis remain illegal in the eyes of the law, but temporarily function as a means of collecting data to guide the motorcycle taxi bill.

The Move It chairman also criticized politicians’ inaction on the bill despite the Technical Working Group (TWG) submitting its report to Congress.

“Three years of TWG study without any output from our politicians. Every day of delay only benefits us – Angkas, Joyride and Move It – while the public, the commuters, pay the price. This must stop. So we call [Senator] Padilla to take the cudgel for the poor and needy,” Juan said.

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The government supported the pilot study to which Juan refers. It started in June 2019 and allowed transit companies Angkas, JoyRide and MoveIt to use motorcycles as public utility vehicles.

Juan also said that if the bill had already passed, it would have benefited those who were stranded due to the severe tropical storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae).

“The traffic jam caused by Paeng has immobilized jeepneys and buses. Commuters stood helpless in the rain for hours without a commute. If motorcycle taxis had been fully mobilized and legalized, there would have been more to serve commuters,” Juan said.

Furthermore, he also said that the government should not limit the number of operators and motorcycle taxis to add more competition.

“Promote competition for the service to be improved. With competition, prices could even drop. Senator Padilla, please lead the way and protect the public,” Juan said.

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