Angkas passengers to get safety briefing from rider
After a long struggle with governing bodies, ride-hailing motorcycle company Angkas finally begins its pilot run. This will be held in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu for six months beginning this June.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be closely monitoring said pilot run. A technical working group (TWG) under the DOTr will also conduct a feasibility study on the safety and convenience of the app-based motorcycle service for the commuters. Data collected by the monitoring teams will be collated monthly. This information will eventually be used by the Senate in its decision regarding the pending bill to legalize motorcycle taxis.
Prior to the pilot run, the DOTr has ordered Angkas to implement new safety measures for its riders and passengers. Hence, the company held a retraining program on June 13 at the San Andres Complex in Manila.
Under the program, Angkas’ 27,000 riders were given instructions on how to properly and regularly brief passengers on safe and proper riding habits. Among these are the proper use of helmet, correct body position when back riding, and refusal to give rides to intoxicated passengers.
All Angkas riders are now required to present and discuss the contents of the Passenger Safety card to his/her passenger. This is similar to what flight attendants do before a plane takes off. The briefing has to be conducted regardless of whether the passenger is a first-timer or an experienced backrider.
Aside from this measure, all Angkas riders will now be required to wear ang Angkas-issues helmet, reflectorized vest, and ID, with identifying marks for the rider. The vests are also designed to have side straps where the passenger can hold on to during the ride. Riders are also required to bring an extra helmet and unused shower cap and face mask for the passenger’s use.
George Royeca, Angkas’ head of regulatory and public affairs, stated that their new marketing direction would focus on passenger safety. The company hopes to keep its 99.997 percent safety record.