Motorbike-hailing app Angkas resumes operations

MANILA Passengers can book rides through motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas as it resumes operations for now.

The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued its writ of preliminary injunction, preventing the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) from interfering with Angkas' operations.

It prevents the two agencies from apprehending Angkas bikers, who are lawfully engaging in their trade or profession, based on its mobile application and from performing any act that will impede or obstruct the petitioner's pursuit of its lawful business or trade as owner and operator of the Angkas mobile application.

The injunction, which was penned by Judge Carlos Valenzuela of Mandaluyong RTC Branch 213 dated August 2, is in effect until final resolution of the case.

The court order was disclosed by Angkas head of operations David Medrana during the hearing of the House committee on ways and means Thursday.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB said it will issue a statement once it has received a copy of the writ of preliminary injunction.

Angkas suspended its operations last November after an enforcement operation conducted by the LTFRB on its main office in Makati City revealed that it is operating without a business permit.

Motorcycles are not allowed to operate as public utility vehicles under Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency