Angara seeks to legalize motorcycles-for-hire

Sen. Angara filed Senate Bill No. 1025 amending the Land Transportation and Traffic Code that allows motorcycles to operate and be officially registered under the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as 'for hire' and may be used as a commercial vehicle to transport passengers and goods.

Issues on traffic and transit systems are getting worse each day and commuters are left with no choice but to avail motorcycles-for-hire or 'habal-habal' to get from point A to point B. However, this mode of transportation is still considered illegal under the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which covers the registration and operation of all motor vehicles in the country.

For instance, Angkas-- a popular mode of two-wheeled transport, was only allowed to operate for six months which started last June 8 as part of the transportation department’s pilot-run on 'motorcycle taxis.'

In some provinces, motorcycles-for-hire have been operating for quite some time and some have already considered it as their primary mode of public transportation. 

To address this issue, Sen. Angara filed Senate Bill No. 1025 amending the Land Transportation and Traffic Code that allows motorcycles to operate and be officially registered under the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as 'for hire' and may be used as a commercial vehicle to transport passengers and goods.

To transport passengers, motorcycles should have a minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters and a backbone-type built.

The LTO will be working on ensuring the road worthiness of motorcycles-for-hire before registration or renewal. "To further ensure safety, no modification shall be made on motorcycles-for-hire, except the installation, based on safe engineering design specifications, of motorcycle luggage carrier, saddlebag, step board or foot peg and appropriate speed limiter and monitoring device." the bill reads.

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