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Angkas Drivers Offer Free Ride For MRT Commuters

Angkas Drivers Offer Free Ride For MRT Commuters

| On 27, Nov 2017

After they were suspended, some of the Angkas drivers offered a free ride for the MRT commuters.

The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the application Angkas, which offer, riding services using motorcycles. The government agency explained motorcycles are not included in the list of vehicles that can be used for such services.

The LTFRB cited the Republic Act 4136, which states that “private passenger automobiles, private trucks, and private motorcycles, scooters, or motor wheel attachments” and therefore, “shall not be used for hire under any circumstances and shall not be used to solicit, accept, or be used to transport passengers or freight for pay.”

Ryan Rillera, the leader of the group, said instead of protesting, they opted to offer free rides. However, they were still stopped by the officials of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Rillera argued that they are not asking for payments and they don’t have franchise so they are not subject to any regulating bodies.

LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada disagrees. She said paid or not, Angkas members shouldn’t operate. She also asked Rillera to wait for the dialog between officials of Angkas and officials of the government agencies involved.

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