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Di kasama habal-habal: Poe supports use of motorcycles as public transport

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Sixteen senators have approved a Senate panel report allowing motorcycle taxis to transport passengers.

The Senate committees on public services and local government released Committee Report No. 46 of Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1341 or the proposed Motorcycles-for-Hire Act which amends Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

SBN 1341 now classifies motorcycles-for-hire as among the public utility vehicles regulated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“We are inching closer to having a law that will make motorcycle taxis a part of our public transportation system,” said Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services.

“We will continue looking for ways and means to improve the people’s mobility and assure their safety,” Poe added.

Aside from Poe, the other authors of the bill are Senators Ralph Recto, Imee Marcos, Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, Bong Revilla, and Francis Tolentino.

The bill defines motorcycles-for-hire as any two-wheeled motor vehicle registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which transports passengers and goods on a for-hire basis, and which may utilize online ride hailing or pre-arranged transportation platforms.

The motorcycle should weigh less than 1,000 kilograms, can travel faster than 50 kilometers per hour, has a minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters, and a backbone-type built.

Along with the vehicle registration, the motorcycles for hire should secure a certificate of public convenience or a special permit issued by the LTFRB.

The motorcycle taxis fall under a classification of public utility automobiles along with public utility trucks, taxis and auto-calesas, garage automobiles, hire trucks and trucks owned by contractor and customs brokers and customs agents.

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