LTFRB: Halt recommended for data gathering only, not MC taxi program

<p><em>(PNA file photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)</em></p>

(PNA file photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Saturday clarified that the technical working group (TWG) did not recommend the termination of the five-year motorcycle (MC) taxi pilot program.

“The TWG did not endorse the termination of the program. What it terminated is the gathering of data and the program continues,” LTFRB Chairperson Teofilo Guadiz III explained.

Guadiz pointed out that the recommendation to limit the program to only three players in Metro Manila is untrue.

“The endorsement of the TWG MC Taxi group is to add more players and expand it to more places,” he stressed.

By expanding the number of players and the places of operation, the LTFRB chief said it will enable the TWG to effectively ascertain the impact of the pilot study.

Legislators, according to the LTFRB chair, believe that a limited study of three players within Metro Manila is not reflective of an encompassing study on the impact of MC taxis on safety and security, economy, traffic, and on other public transport modes.

“The study was stretched to more players and outside the borders of Metro Manila,” he said.

Recently, the LTFRB chief accredited four more transport network companies with 8,000 accredited riders in the Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog regions.

Guadiz said the LTFRB remains committed to ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive evaluation of the MC taxi pilot program by expanding its scope and participants. (PR)