Move It is appealing to lawmakers to pass a new law that will legalize the operation of motorcycle taxis around the country and open the field to more industry players in order to address the needs of commuters for affordable, safe, and reliable modes of public transportation.
Move It issued the statement following a public hearing conducted on Wednesday (November 23) by the House Committee on Metro Manila Development during which regulators, lawmakers, and transport stakeholders tackled proposals surrounding the safety and efficiency of motorcycle taxis.
Motorcycle taxis have yet to be officially legalized as a form of public transportation and are currently operating under a pilot study. The government has only accredited three firms—Angkas, JoyRide, and Move It—for the pilot run, which would aid in crafting laws allowing motorcycle taxis on the road.
Lawmakers pointed out that there is no need to review and dispute Grab’s acquisition of Move It as the latter maintains the several qualifying parameters set by the TWG even after it was acquired by Grab. Additionally, the Philippine Competition Commission maintained its position that the acquisition fosters better competition in the MC Taxi industry currently dominated by Angkas, and falls below the threshold required for PCC’s purview.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa ating mga mambabatas at mga government officials sa kanilang naging papel sa paglilinaw na ang ating acquisition deal with Grab ay legal at above board. Makailang ulit na po natin itong ipinaliwanag sa publiko, at nagagalak po kami na maging ang ating mga mambabatas at regulators ay sang-ayon po dito. Panahon na po na isang-tabi natin ang iringan sa motorcycle taxi, at tutukan natin ang pagsasabatas nito para sa ating mga riders at pasahero,” says Move It Chairman Francis Juan.