Joy Ride and Move It don’t see why ‘price surge’ is a factor, won’t implement it for test run

Published January 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Rizal Obanil

The two motorcycle hailing service companies that just joined the government’s test run practically guaranteed that during the course of the pilot study, their riders will not ask for higher fares related to the controversial “price surge” policy.

Joy Ride spokesperson Noli Eala and Move It spokesperson Eri Torres had the same answer to CNN’s “The Source” host Pinky Webb’s question on whether fares should reflect a price surge.

“For the extended pilot study, none,” Torres said.

“And that’s why we wonder sometimes and I think this has been done by certain sectors. Why the prices are different for maybe the three. Actually, Move It and Joy Ride are almost the same, but Angkas [has] a different result in their pricing, even if it’s the same distance.  So, we also wonder, because we’re supposed to be working under the [same] guidelines,” Eala said.

Eala said both Joy Ride and Move It have similar fare prices for the same distance of travel. As far both spokespersons are concerned, the law of supply and demand cannot be applied to the service that they provide. They wonder why such a factor matters.

“It doesn’t matter,” Eala said on whether ride hailing apps should charge more during supposed peak hours when demand for such services is at its highest.

On the matter of insurance and safety, Torres said, “We have as required, we ensure our passengers, have insurance for passengers and our drivers too.”

Eala said, “Our insurance is the same, we have P 500,000 for each rider and passenger, plus we have hospitalization of P 200,000. Plus we have a violent death, in case sumasakay tapos hinoldap (they ride and they get held up) or something happened that’s not related to the ride itself, we still have P 250,000.”

The issue on the cap on the number of riders for the pilot study on motorcycle taxis as prescribed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board technical working group (TWG) was also raised. Webb asked Eala and Torres whether they will absorb the riders who will be laid off because of this policy.

“That’s a very tricky question actually, because they’re also claiming anti-competition.Which means if we just get it, then we just use their riders. They’ll say that sila yung nagtanim, kami ang umani (we planted and you harvested). Again, we’re saying that we don’t do that. We have our own riders. We’ve trained our fleet,” Eala said.

At the moment, Joy Ride has submitted 6,907 names for their riders, but of this number only  1,500 riders are currently available in Metro Manila. The same goes for Move It with 2,400 registered riders, but only 500 are currently out on the street.

The reason for this, they said, is that not all of their riders have the necessary gear required by the TWG.