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Five months after being suspended yet again, motorcycle-hailing app Angkas will soon be able to pick up traffic-conscious passengers once more.

Starting in June, a pilot run in Manila and Cebu will, according to a Manila Bulletin report, “further study the legalization of motorcycle taxis through testing its safety and economic viability.” More than 27,000 motorcycle units under Angkas will benefit from this.

Angkas has welcomed the decision. In an official statement on Twitter, the service extends its gratitude to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its secretary, Art Tugade, as well as everyone supports the app.

“We would like to extend our deepest and sincerest thanks to all our bikers and passengers who form the backbone of this community,” the statement says. “This is a momentous day in history, and we are all extremely grateful and proud of this community we have built.”

For avid Angkas commuters, here’s everything you need to know about the resumption of its operations.

It will only be for six months

Angkas may be back, but it will only be for a six-month test run starting this June until the end of the year. Its primary aim is to aid legislators in finalizing bills to legalize motorcycle taxis.

Under the country’s Land Transporation Code, motorcycles are not listed as a mode of public transportation. The test run will determine whether or not motorcycle taxis can become a legal transport alternative.

A fare matrix will be followed 

Motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila will have a flagdown rate of PhP 50. Succeding distances will additionally charge PhP 10 to PhP 15 per kilometer. Fare prices will also be dynamic, just like ride-hailing app, Grab, with a 1.5 X surge cap.

In Cebu, passengers will be charged PhP 20 for the first kilometer. About PhP 16 to PhP 20 will be charged per kilometer in additional distances.

This fare matrix is based on Angkas’ current rates, but is also subject to adjustment based on the test run.

There are strict safety measures 

During the pilot run, safety measures are required to be strictly followed. This includes wearing reflectorized helmets for both riders and passengers. Riders must also wear their ID, proper uniform bearing the motorcycle taxi brand, and a reflectorized vest and body strap for passengers to hold on to.

The speed limit is at 60 kilometers per hour, too.

A monthly report on passenger complaints and road crashes involving the motorcycles must also be submitted. DOTr will keep an eye out on these incidences via an online monitoring system with Angkas.

What are your thoughts about the test run?

Featured Image by Rio Deluvio / Manila Bulletin

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