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Pinag-isipan ba ‘yan? Villanueva slams termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study

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This was how Senator Joel Villanueva described the abrupt decision of the transportation department’s technical working group (TWG) to cancel the study on motorcycle taxis as a viable public transportation.

“We need to fix the public transportation system. Otherwise, prohibiting the motorcycle taxi service without providing an alternative is simply ridiculous,” Villanueva said.

Antonio Gardiola, head of the TWG and board member of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), has announced that the panel has terminated the pilot run of motorcyle taxis due to supposed “legal impediments.”

But, Villanueva said the TWG’s findings would have provided “both houses of Congress a clearer perspective on the issue at hand, as its primary mandate should be.”

“In outlawing motorcycle taxis with its decision to cancel the study, the TWG placed a portion of the riding public dependent on motorcycle taxis at risk because they will patronize an illegitimate form of transportation,” Villanueva said.

“From what we have gathered, our workers are reliant on motorcycle taxis to get to their jobs on time given the worsening traffic conditions here in Metro Manila,” he said.

He added, “The fact remains that the public needs an alternative mode of transportation, more choices for mobility; and with traffic congestion choking our streets, motorcycle taxis are one of the most viable solutions.”

“To reduce the demand for ride hailing transportation services, we need to provide the public with better, cheaper, more efficient alternative,” Villanueva said.

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