This is a super duper good news for Angkas riders and the back riders (passengers) as a whole.
Angkas, including the habal-habals may soon be legalized by the Philippine government. This is after the House of Representatives (Congress) passed a proposal to allow their operations.
The HB 8959 or the “Motorcycles-for-Hire Act”, the bill that consolidates six separate legislative proposals that would authorize the LTFRB (Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board) to make the operations of motorcycles legal as public utility vehicles.
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According to the Manila Bulletin’s report, the House Committee on Transportation has already endorsed the proposal to amend Republic Act No. 4136 to include “motorcycle-for-hire” among the modes of public transportation.
Catanduanes Representative Cesar V. Sarmiento sponsored that bill that defines motorcycles-for-hire as any two-wheeled motor vehicle to be registered with the Land Transportation Office as for hire and can be used as a vehicle to transport passengers as well as goods.
If the proposed bill gets approved, the operators are required to provide insurance coverage to the rider, the driver and third party.