Motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas and its drivers have taken to the streets to rally against the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) latest decision to cut down its operations next year.
#SaveAngkas trended earlier worldwide after it was announced that the LTFRB has extended its pilot run for three more months, but with a 10,000-biker limit for Metro Manila and a 3,000-biker limit for Metro Cebu. The transportation authority also announced that they are allowing two new operators to join the market.
The two other TNCs approved by LTFRB are JoyRide and Move It which will also be having their Extended Pilot Implementation from December 23, 2019 to March 23, 2020.
This will be a huge cut down for Angkas which currently has 27,000 bikers. The transport network company (TNC) has since called out for the support of the public to save its drivers who will be losing their source of livelihood if the decision pushes through.
"Your everyday heroes in traffic will enter this Christmas season not knowing whether they will have money to feed their families next year.” George Royeca, Chief Transport Advocate of Angkas said in an official announcement they posted on their Twitter account. “Now, at our time of need, we humbly ask that you share this message and help our bikers keep their jobs."
The #SaveAngkas Unity Gathering is scheduled on December 22. Thousands of bikers are participating in the rally which started on EDSA Kalayaan shrine.
LTFRB board member Antonio B. Gardiola Jr., expressed via Inquirer that the decision was made in order for the transportation authority to properly assess the safety and readiness of TNCs like Angkas. "We want to determine their operational readiness and compliance. We also want to determine whether or not motorcycles are really a safe and viable form of public transportation. That is always our priority—the safety, security, and comfort of the riding public."
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