QC court temporarily halts motorcycle taxi cap anew

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A Quezon City court orders to temporarily suspend the cap on the number of motorcycle taxis for another 20 days. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — A Quezon City court has ordered a temporary stop to the rider limit for motorcycle taxis for another 20 days.

An order from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 dated January 9, granted the petition of DBDOYC Inc. — the company behind motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas — for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the decision of transport officials to limit the number of motorcycle taxi riders to 30,000 in Metro Manila and 9,000 in Cebu.

The technical working group under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it imposed the cap since two new apps — JoyRide and Move It — also sought to provide motorcycle ride-hailing services.

The limit would mean that each ride-hailing app would only have 10,000 riders in Metro Manila and 3,000 in Cebu. Angkas contested the cap, saying 17,000 of its riders may lose their jobs if they do not transfer to their competitors.

The court order heard Angkas's plea, saying the cap would result in "irreparable injury" to its riders. The TRO takes effect after transportation officials receive the order. Angkas was also told to pay a bond of ₱1,000,000, 24 hours after receiving the court order, to cover damages the DOTr and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board may suffer.

On January 6, a Mandaluyong Court issued a similar TRO on the rider limit for 72 hours.

Angkas also asked the Quezon City court to exclude JoyRide and Move It from rendering motorcycle taxi services under the TWG's pilot implementation program. The court noted, however, that the providers are already operating. It cited a previous Supreme Court ruling that stated "consummated acts can no longer be restrained by injunction."