By Emmie V. Abadilla
In line with the government’s implementation of the extended Pilot Study for Motorcycle Taxis, agents of the Other Law Enforcement Agencies (OLEAs) on Friday apprehended seven motorcycles for hire illegally operating in Metro Manila.
The OLEAs are composed of officers from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Local Police Officers, and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT).
They apprehended two motorcyclists later identified as SAMPA riders and another five who belong to Angkas but are not included in its submitted riders’ master list todate. Undercover informants booked a ride with Angkas to check on the safety gear and documents of the rider, only to find out that the motorcyclists are not registered in the accredited master list of the Technical Working Group (TWG).
The Inter-Agency TWG on Motorcycle Taxis maintained some riders under the Trade Application of SAMPA and i-SABAY are not accredited participants in the Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Implementation. Only three motorcycle transport network companies (TNCs) are permitted to operate in the Pilot Study, which will run until next month: Angkas, Move It, and JoyRide.
“Those who insist to operate while they are not registered in the master list will be apprehended as colorum, according to TWG Chairman Antonio Gardiola Jr. “We will penalize those who defy the authority. I also appeal to our participating players to register their participants with the TWG and submit their daily ridership report.”