A party-list lawmaker on Wednesday said motorcycle taxi-hailing service Angkas has no choice but to follow the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reduce its fleet of riders from 30,000 to 10,000.
In a radio interview, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles said since the operation of Angkas is just a pilot stage and is not covered by any government franchise like other public conveyances, the LTFRB can take any action they see fit to protect the public interest.
Nograles noted that the LTFRB can impose a PHP6,000-fine per motorcycle per day against Angkas for operating without any franchise.
He also cited documents showing that Angkas is 98 percent foreign-owned, which could be another basis to shut down its operation as it violates a constitutional provision requiring that all public utility companies should be 60 percent Filipino-owned.
Ang legal status ng motorcyle-for-hire ay wala pa talaga silang totoong prangkisa at sila ay naka-test mode. Ang tanong may legal basis ba ang gobyerno na bawasan ang test vehicles? Ang sagot diyan ay yes (The legal status of motorcycles-for-hire is that they still don't have any franchise and they are still on test mode. The question is, does the government have a legal basis to reduce the number of test vehicles. The answer is yes), Nograles said.
May legal basis ang gobyerno dahil wala pang karapatan na mag operate ang motorcycle-for -hire ang mga Angkas, Joyride etcetera at kailangan nilang sumunod sa patakaran (The government has legal basis for this because motorcycles-for-hire such as Angkas and Joyride have no right yet to operate [under existing laws] and must follow the [government's] directives), he added.
The lawmaker said the absence of a law governing the operation of these ride-hailing services such as Grab and Angkas is largely responsible for the confusion in relation to their existence, noting that the passage of measures setting the parameters on the nature of their operation must be expedited
"Ang kailangan gawin dito ay ang Committee on Transportation ng Kongreso ay dinggin na nila at magdebate na kung pahintulutan ba natin na ang motorsiklo ay gawing for hire (The House Committee on Transportation must hear and deliberate on allowing motorcycles to be classified as for hire), he said.
Pangalawa, sino ang magbibigay ng prangkisa o kung kelangan pa ng prangkisa at ang pangatlo ay ang issue sa ownership (Second, [the panel should discuss] who would grant the franchise or if such franchise is needed and third, the issue of ownership) " he added.
Source: Philippines News Agency