The utilization of motorcycle taxi as a form of public transport in the country has been approved by the Senate Public Services and Local Government Committee.
On Thursday, the Committee Report No. 46 recommends to approve the Senate Bill No. 1341 or Motorcycles-for-Hire Act to allow motorcycle taxis to transport commuters.
Sixteen senators signed the report.
The bill seeks to revise a provision of Republic Act No. 4136 or Land Transportation and Traffic Code to recognize motorcycles-for-hire as one of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regulated public utility vehicles.
“We are inching closer to having a law that will make motorcycle taxis a part of our public transportation system,” Sen. Grace Poe, committee chair of the public services, said in a statement.
Moreover, the measure describes motorcycles-for-hire as any two-wheeled motor vehicle registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which carries for-hire passengers and goods, and which can use online ride-hailing or pre-arranged transport platforms.
The motorcycle weighs less than 1,000 kilograms under the bill, can travel faster than 50 kilometers per hour, has at least engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters and a built-in backbone type.
The motorcycle taxi must receive a certificate of public convenience or a special license provided by the LTFRB along with the vehicle registration.
Also, the bill noted that motorcycle taxis fall under a classification of public utility automobiles along with public utility trucks, taxis, and auto-calesas, garage automobiles, for-hire trucks and trucks owned by contractors and customs brokers and customs agents.
“We will continue looking for ways and means to improve the people’s mobility and assure their safety,” Poe said.