THE inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) on motorcycle taxis is considering a six-month extension of the two-wheeled taxi pilot run to allow the participation of new players in the study.
The creation of the TWG was initiated by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to determine the viability of motorcycles as a safe mode of public transportation, which may be useful in the deliberation of several pending bills in both houses of Congress.
The TWG is headed by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Board Member retired Police Maj. Gen. Antonio B. Gardiola Jr., and is composed of members that include representatives from the DOTr, LTFRB, Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT).
The pilot implementation will end on December 26.
TWG chairperson BM Gardiola sees the extension as an expansion of the study by allowing new motorcycle taxi providers to participate in the pilot run in the interest of giving the riding public a wider choice, and thus push the multiple providers to ensure a higher standard of service.
It can be noted that by the end of June, a six-month pilot run was approved in aid of legislation for both the House of Representatives and the Senate to further evaluate pending legislative bills pushing for the legalization of motorcycles as Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs), as well as amendment of existing laws such as Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
The extension of the pilot implementation also aims to provide the TWG more time to widen the scope of their study on appropriate standards and capacities for motorcycles to be considered safe, convenient, and eligible for franchise.
The DOTr heard proposals on November 20 from six motorcycle taxi companies -- Citimuber, JoyRide, MoveIt, EsetGo, Sakay, and VroomGo -- all aspiring to participate in the pilot run.