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Angkas gets court reprieve on 10,000-rider limit

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Motorcycle taxi drivers secured a reprieve from the Quezon City regional trial court which issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on the 10,000-rider cap imposed by the inter-agency technical working group (TWG) for the three-month pilot test run for motorcycle taxis.

In the ruling signed by Presiding Judge Catherine Manodon of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 223, a TRO was granted citing “irreparable injury” that would be suffered by the bikers should transport regulators implement their revised guidelines.

Under the new guidelines set by the TWG for the extended motorcycle taxi pilot study, the number of riders allowed to participate in the program was capped at 30,000 in Metro Manila and 9,000 for Metro Cebu, divided equally among three players.

Two new bike firms, JoyRide and Move It, joined Angkas in the dry run which will run until March 23 to determine the safety and viability of motorcycles as a mode of transportation.

With the TRO in place, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are restrained from implementing the revised policy on the pilot study.

In the four-page order dated Jan. 9, however, Angkas failed to get a TRO to exclude rival players in the government’s pilot run for motorcycle taxis, as the two other providers are already operating, the court said.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier called Angkas “two-faced” for filing cases against regulators after apologizing to the TWG through the media for its supposed “defiance” and “bullying.”

Angkas has been protesting the 10,000 rider cap set by the TWG on each of the three players, claiming this would displace 17,000 of the 27,000 riders in its fleet.

On Monday, Angkas also secured a hold order from a Mandaluyong court blocking transport regulators from implementing the same policy.

In response to the class suit filed by Angkas bikers, Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court Acting Executive Judge Ofelia Calo stated in the ruling that there is urgency to issue the 72-hour TRO due to “grave and irreparable injury that these bikers will suffer” on the new policies on motorcycle taxis.

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