Gov’t allows Angkas, JoyRide, MoveIt to resume motorcycle taxi operations 

Published December 9, 2020, 4:28 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Bike-hailing firms Angkas, JoyRide, and MoveIt are now allowed to resume its operations after securing a certificate of compliance for the motorcycle taxi pilot study.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the motorcycle taxi operators are fully compliant with the operational guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Technical Working Group (TWG) for Motorcycle Taxis.

The IATF and TWG issued the compliance certificates for Angkas and JoyRide on Monday, December 7, while the same was given to MoveIt on Wednesday, December 9, allowing them to participate in the extended pilot run.

“The certificate shall be valid for the duration of the MC Taxi Pilot Study unless revoked or cancelled,” the DOTr said.

Angkas and Joyride were granted a provisional authority by the IATF and TWG last November 24, while Move It secured the said approval last December 3.

Following appeals from the public and recommendations from officials, the government has approved the extension of the motorcycle pilot study which was cut short this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IATF and the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 earlier issued and approved guidelines for the continuation of the pilot run to ensure the health and safety of both passengers and riders.

These include the mandatory swab testing for all of the bikers to make sure that they are COVID-free before ferrying passengers.

Other guidelines include the use of NTF-approved barriers to separate the biker and the passenger to further curb the spread of the virus.

Passengers will also be required to bring their own helmet with a visor which will act as a face shield aside from the minimum health protocol of wearing face masks.

The government has also mandated motorcycle taxis to transition to cashless transactions for every ride as part of the government effort’s to prevent COVID-19 transmission through limited physical contact.#