The Covid-19 contagion is proving to be a major factor in the digital transformation of the local transport sector with the government now pushing for contactless and cashless solution for various modes of mass transportation in the country.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said it is set to formally launch its Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) which will automate various transactions being performed by the agency.
PayMaya is offering transport operators and their drivers QR scan-to-pay capabilities, which will also give them access to a digital financial account that they can use for transactions such as bills payments, airtime load reloading, and sending money to friends and family.
A lawmaker said the ancient manual sign-up method would be burdensome on both the drivers and commuters, aside from exposing them to identity thieves, stalkers, and other privacy violators.
The TWG is expected to complete the pilot study by March 2020, and other issues agreed upon include the implementation of a revised cap of the participants, and the expansion of the pilot areas to include Cagayan de Oro.
Despite getting heavily criticized by lawmakers during the Senate hearing on Monday, Jan. 20, the Technical Working Group (TWG) on motorcycle taxis appears firm on its position to terminate its pilot test and apprehend riders from motorcycle-riding apps.
A Mandaluyong City RTC has denied the petition filed “Angkas” for another TRO on the issuance of a permanent injunction on the implementation of the revised guidelines for the pilot implementation of motorcycle taxis.
The trial run will involve over 180 GrabCar vehicles, of which half will be equipped with in-car cameras and the rest with audio-recording capabilities.