In the country’s arduous journey in recovering from the long term effects of the global pandemic, motorcycle taxis have finally been given the green light to resume operations. Arthur Tugade, secretary of the Department of Transportation, has recently announced the resumption of the operations of major motorcycle taxis and ride-hailing services. Slated for today, November 23, 2020, several motorcycle taxi providers such as Angkas, Joyride, and MoveIt will be allowed to resume normal operations, so long as stringent safety protocols are in place.
“In compliance with the directive of Secretary Arthur P. Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the pilot run for the motorcycle taxi will resume on 23 November 2020, subject to the compliance of the three (3) participating groups, Angkas, Move It, and JoyRide, to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) - National Task Force (NTF) COVID19 issued guidelines.”
Key representatives from the Motorcycle Taxi Technical Working Group held a meeting last week which finalized the safety guidelines for the resumption of motorcycle taxi operations. The public’s safety, along with that of the drivers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be the top priority.
The Motorcycle Taxi Technical Working Group (MC Taxi TWG) is composed of key stakeholders in the continued operations of motorcycle taxi service providers. Namely, the Department of Transportation, the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory aboard, and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic all have key roles to play in the decision. While the PNP Highway Patrol Group will aid in the implementation of various safety protocols.
As of this writing, the final guidelines for the resumption of Motorcycle Taxi operations have yet to be released. However, several motorcycle taxi operators such as Angkas and Joyride have already implemented their own internal safety protocols such as requiring passengers to provide their own helmets, and of course, the mandatory use of facemasks, as well as hand sanitization before and after the ride.