Campos pushes for bill legalizing motorcycle taxis
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. has urged Congress to pass a new legislation which will formally allow motorcycles as public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the country.
Campos said since motorcycle taxis have been mainstreamed by mobile ride-hailing applications, it was time the government should allow them to formally operate.
He said formally recognizing motorcycle cabs as PUVs would set standards for drivers and couriers in order to protect the riding public.
According to Campos, legalizing motorcycles as mode of public transportation would help many Filipinos, including returning migrant workers and students, support themselves.
He said legalization would also put an end to rampant extortion by corrupt agents of the law. “Right now, motorcycle taxi drivers are vulnerable to a shakedown wherever they go,” he said.
Campos is one of the the principal authors of House Bill No. 8855 or the proposed Act Allowing Motorcycles as PUVs.
The bill seeks to amend the 55-year-old Land Transportation and Traffic Code that prohibits the use of motorcycles-for-hire in conveying both passengers and freight.
The Supreme Court recently issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a lower court decision that barred authorities from apprehending drivers operating under the ride-hailing firm Angkas.