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LTFRB, LTO nab 6 motorcycles in joint ops vs. Angkas

MANILA-- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) have apprehended six motorcycles operating under app-based transportation service Angkas Tuesday morning at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City.

LTFRB board member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada said in a text message that the agency conducted joint operations with the LTO as part of its crackdown on the motorcyle ride booking service which does not have franchise to function as a public transport system making its operations illegal.

According to Lizada, the motorycles were nabbed along McKinley Street on the way to BGC from Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

Last January, the LTFRB has ordered Angkas to stop offering its services online as it was not authorized to operate as a transportation network company (TNC).

Its use of motorcycles is also prohibited under the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) Order No. 2015-011 which allows accredited TNCs to use only sedans, Asian utility vehicles, sport utility vehicles and vans.

Transportation officials have admitted that they cannot impose sanctions on Angkas after one of its drivers figured in an accident in Manila last month critically injuring his passenger.

The LTO, which has jurisdiction over motorcyles, said that it could only impose sanctions on Angkas driver Zammy Banzuela.

What we can do is to seek the driver's explanation to determine if there are any violations in the exercise of the privileges which come with his license and motorcycle registration. All others that are not within our mandate, what can be done is for the aggrieved party to file charges, LTO chief Edgar Galvante said.

On July 15, Banzuela was traveling on Nagtahan Bridge when his motorcycle skidded, causing him and his passenger, Alejandro Cajano, to fall on the pavement. Cajano, who had hired Banzuela through the Angkas app, was struck by a sport utility vehicle, leaving him in serious condition.

Galvante stated that the LTO wants to have regulatory powers over Angkas as there are currently no clear policies on the use of motorcyles as public utility vehicles (PUVs).

For his part, DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos said that he will pursue the matter with the LTO and the LTFRB as the government determines what possible cases may be filed against Angkas and other TNCs operating without franchises in case they were involved in accidents.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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