Two new motorcycle taxi services to rival Angkas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 20) — The transport regulator has approved the entry of two more motorcycle taxi services to rival ride hailing app Angkas in the extended trial run.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday announced that it has approved JoyRide and Move It to participate in the motorcycle taxi pilot run from December 23 to March 23.

"Pursuant to the mandate of the TWG (technical working group), after careful evaluation, inspection, and validation of the overall operational readiness of the applicants, an additional (2) providers – JoyRide and Move It, were chosen to partake in the extension of the MC taxi pilot implementation," the LTFRB said in a statement.

During this period, Angkas, Move It and JoyRide can operate a combined 39,000 registered bikers— or 10,000 per group in Metro Manila and 3,000 per group in Metro Cebu.

Move It and JoyRide were selected from a pool of six companies that had applied to join the pilot implementation.

The test run was originally set to end on December 26, with Angkas as the sole operator.

It is meant to guide legislators on its deliberations on the legality of motorcycles-for-hire.

Under the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, only four-wheeled vehicles could register with the Land Transportation Office to transport passengers and goods.

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