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New York City ordered to pay debt-hit taxi drivers $810 million

Feb 21, 2020 - 3:04 PM

New York's taxi industry has been upended by the arrival of ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Lyft

A 1970's era New York City taxi sits in front of an Upper East side building in New York City on April 9, 2019 during filming for a TV show in production. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

MMDA recommends banning motorcycle taxis on national roads

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:11 PM

'Kung ang tricycle tatlo na ang gulong bawal sa national road, lalo na 'tong mga motorcycle taxi,' says MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia

NO NATIONAL ROADS? The MMDA eyes banning motorcycle taxi operations along national highways. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

16 senators sign report legalizing motorcycle taxis

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:53 PM

The measure seeks to amend the Land Transportation and Traffic Code to recognize motorcycle taxis as public utility vehicles

MOTORCYCLE TAXI. Senate panels approve measure pushing for the legalization of motorcycle taxis. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

JoyRide to begin motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Cebu in February

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:58 PM

JoyRide says drivers can start using the app to pick up passengers in the next 2 weeks

LAUNCHING. JoyRide says they will launch in Metro Cebu within this month. Photo from JoyRide's Facebook page

Lawmakers urge TWG, MMDA to submit weekly reports on motorcycle taxis

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The overseeing body created by the transportation department has 'no details' in its data gathering. 'They only rely on assumptions,' notes the chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development.

WEEKLY REPORTS NEEDED. The House Committee on Metro Manila Development asks for weekly reports from the motorcycle taxi technical working group to gauge apprehensions. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

[Right of Way] A feel good year-ender with Kuya Bernard and his road safety manual

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Taxi driver Kuya Bernard shares his own initiative on road safety

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

Motorcycle taxi pilot run not about bikers' jobs, passenger demand – gov’t

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Antonio Gardiola, who chairs the technical working group for motorcycle taxis, says Angkas is only ‘overreacting’ because its fleet and profits would be reduced

JOBS AT STAKE. Thousands of Angkas bikers rallied to keep their jobs following a new cap that would put 17,000 Angkas bikers at risk of deactivation. Photo by 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

Traffic buster? Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, other Asian cities next

Oct 24, 2019 - 8:59 AM

German company Volocopter wants to bring the service to sprawling cities like Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok, as well as parts of India and China

A Volocopter unmanned air taxi transport flies over Marina Bay during test flight with a safety pilot at the 26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITSWC) in Singapore on October 22, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

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

Premium taxi drivers to get salaries in new guideline

May 23, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signs the 'Taxi Modernization Program' in line with the public utility vehicle modernization program of the government

NEW GUIDELINES. Premium taxis are up next to be modernized under the Department of Transportation. File photo by Rappler

House approves bill legalizing Angkas, motorcycle taxis

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The bill's approval comes more than a month after ride-hailing app Angkas was barred from operating in the country

LEGAL SOON? Angkas riders join a massive Unity Ride on December 16, 2018 to protest the shut down of their operations permanently. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Joni Mitchell and the Dying Planet Report

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is a deadline before our planet's dying trend becomes irreversible. The reversal has to begin today. What will you do?

Test flights of air taxis take off in Singapore in 2019

Oct 24, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Germany's Volocopter air taxis represent the latest innovation to offer an escape from Asia's monster traffic jams

VOLOCOPTER. In this file photo taken on October 18, 2018, an electric Volocopter 2X by German aircraft manufacturer Volocopter, is on display during the 3rd edition of the "Autonomy and the Urban Mobility Summit" in Paris. Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP


House wants to penalize taxi drivers who decline passengers

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:10 PM

If passed into law, House Bill 7774 would prohibit taxi drivers from refusing a trip once they have been flagged down by a passenger

PASSENGER RIGHTS. A House bill approved on 2nd reading seeks to establish a list of passenger rights. File photo by Rappler

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP