Gov’t approval of ‘Angkas’ operations seen wiping out extortion

Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. has hailed the government’s greenlighting of motorcycle taxi operations, which he said will wipe out rampant extortion by rotten traffic enforcers.

“This will eradicate the daily and nearly systematic shakedown of motorcycle taxi drivers by crooked agents of the law,” Campos said.

“The reality is, both the driver and the consumer – the passenger – end up paying for this corruption by way of elevated fares,” Campos said.

Campos made the statement right after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) approved motorcycle taxi operations in the country over a six-month test run starting the first week of June.

Campos is author of House Bill 8855, or the proposed Act Authorizing Motorcycle Taxi Operations.

The bill seeks to amend the 55-year-old Land Transportation and Traffic Code that forbids the use of motorcycles-for-hire in conveying both passengers and freight.

“We are counting on the next Congress to enact our bill, hopefully before the DOTr’s six-month trial run expires,” Campos said.

“Besides addressing the growing need for on-demand door-to-door public transportation, motorcycle taxis are already helping many Filipinos, including returning migrant workers and students, support themselves,” Campos said.

“Considering that motorcycle taxis have been mainstreamed by mobile ride-hailing applications, we might as well legalize their operations and set standards for drivers in order to protect the riding public,” Campos said.

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