THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) yesterday said the motorcycle-hailing service Angkas should follow the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court.
“The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) respectfully complied with the order of lower court,” the DoTr said in a statement.
“Angkas, on the other hand, continues to brazenly defy the order of the (SC),” the statement added.
The DoTr said the issue is not about the perpetual prohibition of motorcycles from serving as public transport and depriving the commuting public of an alternative mode of transportation.
“Instead, this is a matter of following the order of (SC), the same kind of obedience demonstrated by the government to the preliminary injunction of the lower court even if that order was not favorable to it.
“If Angkas wants to be heard, it should also learn to listen.
“Safety ang priority dito kaya dapat kung ano ang makakabuti sa public yun ang gagawin ng DoTr, LTFRB at LTO,” the DoTr added.
Earlier this month following the Supreme Court order, a board resolution was issued directing the LTFRB enforcement units and other authorized traffic enforcement agencies to apprehend and impound motorcycles of Angkas.
The LTFRB pointed out that motorcycles are barred from being used for public transportation under Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.