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TWG raises biker cap to 21,000 per motorcycle taxi firm

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) The TWG and the motorcycle taxi providers agree that while the biker cap will be raised, all cases against the TWG's guidelines will be dropped

MORE BIKERS ALLOWED. The overseeing technical working group allows each motorcycle taxi firm to have up to 21,000 bikers, from an initial cap of 13,000. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Motorcycle taxi pilot run will continue – TWG head

Jan 21, 2020 - 4:01 PM

A day after announcing the termination of the pilot run, the technical working group takes back its decision after senators urged its continuation

TO BE CONTINUED. Commuters will still be able to ride motorcycle taxis after the inter-agency technical working group reverses its decision to terminate the pilot run. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Paghihiganti?' Senators slam TWG for ending motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The Senate committee on public services finds no compelling reason why the TWG had to terminate the motorcycle taxi pilot run

RETALIATION? Senators grill motorcycle taxi technical working group head Antonio Gardiola Jr regarding the termination of the pilot run. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe to motorcycle taxi TWG: Expect more lawsuits

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Poe also says the Senate will continue hearings to expedite the passage of the law that will legalize motorcycle taxis

EXPECT MORE LAWSUITS. Senator Grace Poe presides during the Senate hearing on the regulation of the use of motorcycle as public utility vehicle on January 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The long road to legalizing motorcycle taxis in the Philippines

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:01 PM

At least 4 bills in the Senate and 14 bills in the House of Representatives seek to amend the 55-year-old Land Transportation and Traffic Code

LIVE: Senate hearing on motorcycle taxis

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing at 10 am, Monday, January 20

TWG terminates motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) The Senate committee on public services asks the technical working group to reconsider the termination, since the study is meant to aid legislation

TERMINATED. Motorcycle taxis will be illegal once again following the termination of the pilot run. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Motorcycle taxis and inclusive mobility (Part 2)

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There is a clear pathway so that motorcycle taxis can be mainstreamed into our public transport system

[OPINION] Regulating motorcycle taxis and ensuring competition (Part 1)

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The online platform industry – which is easy to enter, is relatively inexpensive, and is clearly innovative – is simply for now, difficult to regulate

Weight not yet factored into bookings – Angkas

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Angkas head of operations David Medrana says the 'weight safety check' feature is part of a data collection phase to 'study implementation for a safer ride for all'

SERVICE AS USUAL. Angkas continues to serve passengers regardless of the weight range they provide, though passenger safety cards say heavy passengers may be denied. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

QC court denies Angkas' bid to exclude JoyRide, Move It from pilot run

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:42 PM

Quezon City Judge Catherine Manodon points out that the two players are already operating, so 'nothing more can be restrained'

STILL HERE. JoyRide and Move It continue to operate under the motorcycle taxi pilot run, as Angkas's petition to exclude them is denied by a Quezon City regional trial court. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Another TRO issued against motorcycle taxi pilot rider cap

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:26 PM

A Quezon City court issues a 20-day Temporary Restraining Order against the biker cap, saying it would cause 'irreparable injury' if implemented

ANOTHER ANGKAS WIN. Motorcycle taxi firm Angkas is allowed to keep its 27,000-strong biker fleet a little longer due to a 20-day temporary restraining order against the biker cap. File photo by Jire Carreon

Angkas-like: Motorcycle taxis in Southeast Asia hit bumpy road toward gov’t recognition

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Like Angkas in the Philippines, app-based services in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia want their governments to recognize motorcycles as official modes of transportation

Angkas asks motorcycle taxi technical working group to reimpose surge fees

Jan 08, 2020 - 2:05 PM

The dynamic pricing incentivizes bikers to serve passengers during peak hours, says Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca

TWG redistributing bikers if motorcycle taxi firms fail to recruit enough riders

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:10 PM

As of Tuesday, January 7, Angkas may be asked to provide the deficit of 10,680 more bikers

BIKERS NEEDED. JoyRide holds a mass registration in a move to reach the 10,000-biker cap imposed by the motorcycle taxi technical working group. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Grab 'seriously considering' GrabBike revival

Jan 07, 2020 - 11:22 AM

'Grab has prepared its approach for reviving its GrabBike service, and is ready to present to the LTFRB and the DOTr anytime it is asked to,' the company says

SEEKING A COMEBACK. Grab is considering reinvestment in its motorcycle taxi service, amid talks of regulating motorcycles for public transport. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Mandaluyong court issues 72-hour TRO vs motorcycle taxi rider cap

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Angkas biker Rommel Villanueva, one of the petitioners, says this decision is proof justice is on their side

INITIAL VICTORY. The 72-hour temporary restraining order against the cap on Angkas bikers is seen as an initial victory for those who have been rendered jobless. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Groups threaten graft complaint vs TWG of motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Lawyers ask why Senator Pimentel endorsed Joyride to the motorcycle taxi pilot run, and why 9 other applicants were denied entry

IRREGULARITIES? Concerned lawyers present documents to the media which they claim show irregularities in the technical working group's decision-making process. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Koko Pimentel says he endorsed JoyRide to avoid Angkas monopoly

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:38 PM

‘[A] pilot testing program must reflect real life situation and there should be competition and not a monopoly,’ says Senator Pimentel, who is friends with the owners of JoyRide

NEW ENTRANT. JoyRide joins the pilot implementation of motorcycle taxi services. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

JoyRide sought Koko Pimentel's endorsement in pilot-run bid

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Despite the senator's endorsement, JoyRide Vice President for Corporate Communications Noli Eala says he doesn't think it helped their application for the pilot-run of motorcycle taxis

JOYRIDE. New motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide reiterates it is owned and operated by Filipinos, and that Senator Bong Go does not have any stakes in the company. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

JoyRide PH needs 3,500 more to reach 10,000 biker limit

Dec 25, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) The new motorcycle taxi provider already has 6,500 bikers onboard and ready to hit the roads

Thousands of Angkas gather at the People Power Monument along White Planes in Quezon City on Sunday during “Save Angkas” Unity Gathering, following LTFRB decreased number of Angkas bikers allowed to operate next year to 10,000 from 27,000. DARREN LANGIT

Amid rumors and dubious posts, netizens call for #BoycottJoyRide

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Filipinos online raise eyebrows at JoyRide's introduction in the market for motorcycle taxis, given a number of suspicious posts from apparent bots and endorsers

[OPINION] Why is the LTFRB giving the public such a hard time?

Dec 24, 2019 - 11:56 AM

'The LTFRB cannot force bikers to transfer from Angkas to other motorcycle taxi providers when there is no assurance of the same benefits and perks they currently get from the former'

Motorcycle taxi TWG accuses Angkas of 'emotional blackmail'

Dec 24, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) The government's technical working group addresses Angkas executive George Royeca in an open letter posted on social media

Motorcycle taxi riding members of Angkas start to mass up at the Edsa Whiteplains avenue in Quezon City in preparation for a protest ride around the metro. They are protesting the governments directive to cut some 17,000 members from its roster to in a bid to limit the number of angkas and make way for new players in the motorcycle taxi ventures. December 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon

‘Don’t muddle the issue,’ Angkas hits back at government

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca says Angkas is concerned about commuter safety

Motorcycle taxi riding members of Angkas start to mass up at the Edsa Whiteplains avenue in Quezon City in preparation for a protest ride around the metro. They are protesting the governments directive to cut some 17,000 members from its roster to in a bid to limit the number of angkas and make way for new players in the motorcycle taxi ventures. December 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon

DOCUMENT: Updated guidelines on the motorcycle taxi pilot run

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The revised guidelines contain new stipulations such as the LTFRB gaining access to each provider's database and blacklisting unauthorized motorcycle taxi providers, among others

NEW RULES. The technical working group that oversees the motorcycle taxi pilot run released a revised set of rules for the extension. Photo by Jire Carreon

TWG allows gradual displacement of Angkas bikers 'in the spirit of Christmas'

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Angkas has until the first week of January to submit its 13,000 registered bikers to the government's technical working group for motorcycle taxi operations

Thousands of Angkas gather at the People Power Monument along White Planes in Quezon City on Sunday during “Save Angkas” Unity Gathering, following LTFRB decreased number of Angkas bikers allowed to operate next year to 10,000 from 27,000. DARREN LANGIT

Displaced Angkas bikers may return to unregulated ‘habal-habal’

Dec 22, 2019 - 2:48 PM

‘We came from doing illegal work. So when we found a company that showed concern for us, that loved us, that considered us partners, did you expect us to leave that kind of company?’

Motorcycle taxi riding members of Angkas start to mass up at the Edsa Whiteplains avenue in Quezon City in preparation for a protest ride around the metro. They are protesting the governments directive to cut some 17,000 members from its roster to in a bid to limit the number of angkas and make way for new players in the motorcycle taxi ventures. December 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon

Thousands of bikers, supporters demand 'save Angkas'

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:39 AM

(UPDATED) Angkas bikers gather along White Plains Avenue and EDSA to protest the lowered rider cap from 27,000 to 10,000

Motorcycle taxi riding members of Angkas start to mass up at the Edsa Whiteplains avenue in Quezon City in preparation for a protest ride around the metro. They are protesting the governments directive to cut some 17,000 members from its roster to in a bid to limit the number of angkas and make way for new players in the motorcycle taxi ventures. December 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon

Angkas bikers can be absorbed by JoyRide, Move It – gov't

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:20 AM

A Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board official says they want to ensure a competitive market and avoid a monopoly by Angkas

17,000 Angkas bikers at risk of losing jobs

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The government's technical working group takes away the slots for trained and long-serving Angkas bikers to distribute them to two new players

UNCERTAINTY. Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca says 17,000 bikers will enter the Christmas season not knowing if they will be able to keep their jobs next year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

JoyRide, Move It join Angkas in extended motorcycle taxi pilot run

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The extended pilot run will last until March 23, 2020

3 MONTHS MORE. Angkas will continue to operate for at least 3 more months, this time joined by new providers JoyRide and Move It in the pilot implementation. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Will commuters still have Angkas after December 26?

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

As the end of its pilot run nears, authorities have yet to reach a final decision on the fate of the Philippines' pioneering motorcycle taxi service

NEARING THE END. The Department of Transportation only granted a 6-month pilot run to motorcycle taxi firm Angkas, which is set to end on December 26. What will happen next? Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Metro commuting in 2019: The shortcomings of the motorcycle taxi pilot run

Dec 15, 2019 - 4:00 PM

While Angkas is able to maintain a 99.997% safety rate, 5 motorcycle taxi firms are unregulated by the DOTr and pose a threat to the riding public, safety advocates say

MOTORCYCLE TAXIS. Will the extension and expansion of the motorcycle taxi pilot run benefit the riding public? File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Inter-agency body wants expanded Angkas pilot run to include new players

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Based on the recommendation of the technical working group, the pilot run – which is supposed to end on December 26 – will last until June 26, 2020

ANOTHER 6 MONTHS. Angkas may be allowed to operate for another 6 months, potentially along with 6 new players in the motorcycle ride-hailing market. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

New motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide set to challenge Angkas

Oct 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

While the prospects for competition may seem bleak this year, new motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide ramps up preparations ahead of its official app launch

NEW PLAYER? Motorcycle ride-hailing firm JoyRide has started driver registration ahead of its official app launch. Screenshot from JoyRide video

Duterte slightly hurt in motorcycle mishap

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'The President was reaching for his shoe when he fell off his motorcycle that resulted in a minor injury, particularly light bruises and slight scratches,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacanang Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacanang Photo

Gov’t should require training for motorcycle riders – Angkas

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:22 AM

'It is the responsibility of the government that allows the purchases or selling of [motorcycles] to make sure that every single citizen knows how to ride it, institutionally,' says Angkas spokesperson George Royeca

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS. Motorcyle riders navigate Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

'Ridelihood' launched to train motorcycle couriers for free

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The first batch of riders will be trained on Sunday, August 18

Angkas, motorcycle groups question sub-400cc ban in Osmeña Highway

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'The ban affects commuters who will have to go the longer way, resulting in a longer time and higher fares because of the detours,' says George Royeca of Angkas

Parents charged for kids' death in motorcycle crash

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The police chief of Batac City in Ilocos Norte says a case is being filed against the parents of one of the two kids as they knowingly let the minors use the motorcycle

Cagayan de Oro police chief dies after training accident

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:53 PM

A police spokesperson confirms the death of Police Colonel Nelson Aganon. He was 46 years old.

Angeles City cops gun down 3 motorcycle-riding men

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:16 PM

A 4th still-unidentified suspect is able to flee on foot

PODCAST: Ang doble-plaka law bilang panakip-butas sa mga patayan

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Sapat bang solusyon ang Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act sa napakaraming patayan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte?

Changes in 'doble plaka' law may be done through IRR, amendment – Panelo

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Why did the President sign the controversial law only to ask for its suspension? Malacañang says he may not have known about concerns of motorcycle riders' at the time.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a bow before the attendees at the 25th National Federation of the Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines Annual National Convention at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City on April 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gordon to explain 'doble plaka' law to Duterte

Apr 07, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Ipinagtatanggol ko lang ang mga taong pinapatay ng mga riding-in-tandem assassins,' says Senator Richard Gordon, author of the 'doble plaka' law

Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte wants suspension of law ordering two license plates on motorcycles

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

(UPDATED) The President also says he will negotiate for a lower fine for violations of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law

PROTEST VS DOBLE PLAKA. Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[Right of Way] Visibility is everything: Motorcycle tail lights aren't optional

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Motorcycle crashes can be avoided if only visibility measures were strictly adhered to

Doble plaka law: Duterte's band-aid to stop killings

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:49 PM

The Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act aims to take criminals on motorbikes off the road. Some motorcycle riders want to have the law declared unconstitutional.

UNITY. Different motorcycle groups ride in protest along Commonwealth Ave. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler.

Ifugao cop dies in motorcycle crash

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Patrolman Jose Nipahoy Heppog dies after crashing into a tricycle. His passenger, Jesslee Pugong Tuguinay, meanwhile suffers head injuries.