After shutdown: ‘Angkas’ appeals to DOTr, is willing to be regulated

Image from Angkas' Facebook account
  • Motorcycle ride-sharing company appealed closure to DOTr
  • It urged the DOTr, LTFRB to accredit its motorcyles as TNVS.
  • It also said it was willing to be regulated, placed under LTFRB’s jurisdiction

MANILA, Philippines – Motorcycle ride-sharing company ‘Angkas’ has appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to reconsider its closure by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), saying it was willing to be placed under the latter’s jurisdiction.

In its request for reconsideration, company officials asked DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to modify a department order to include motorcycles as transport vehicles.

“We respectfully ask our good Secretary of Transportation, Sec. Arthur Tugade, through the LTFRB Board, to consider an amendment to department order 2015-011 to allow two-wheeled vehicles under the TNVS category. Doing so will firmly put Angkas and all motorcycle-taxis officially under the jurisdiction of the LTFRB,” it said.

By being classified as TNVs, Angkas said its motorcycles can be properly regulated and accredited by the LTFRB.

“Angkas provides free safety training and assessment, customer service training, safety gear and personal accident insurance for both passengers and drivers. We hope that this unregulated sector can be professionalized and imbued with safety standards and coverage similar to that of Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS),” it said.

The company added it was planning to reach out to the government in the coming days to personally deliver its request.

“Angkas is committed to engaging the LTFRB to discuss the steps forward for regulating this industry. In the coming days we will reach out formally to government to make this appeal,” it said.

Earlier, the LTFRB nabbed 19 Angkas motorcycle operators for operating without a franchise and permits. Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said the motorcyclists were considered colorum vehicles due to their lack of papers to operate.

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