By Zaldy De Layola

File photo

MANILA – The Department of Transportation (DOTr)-led Technical Working Group study on the necessity to legalize motorcycle taxi as a public utility vehicle (PUV) will contribute to the swift passage of the Motorcycle Taxi Bill.

The study presented to the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation hearing on Thursday also showed motorcycle taxis have a 99.99 percent safety rating, according to 1-Rider Party-list Rep. Rodge Gutierrez on Friday.

“Pinatunayan na sa research ng mismong DOTr ang kawastuhan ng legalisasyon ng motorcycle taxis bilang PUV, at hudyat ito na dapat isabatas ang ating Motorcycle Taxi bill sa lalong madaling panahon (Research of the DOTr itself proves the propriety of the legalization of motorcycle taxis as PUV, and it is a sign that Motorcycle Taxi bill should be enacted into law of as soon as possible),” Gutierrez said in a news release.

The working group also laid out the possible benefits once the measure is enacted into law.

“Sa pamamagitan ng ating Motorcycle Taxi bill, makakatanggap ang riders ng higit na suporta mula sa gobyerno sa porma ng fare setting, insurance and liability ng kompanya kapag may aksidente, tax exemption at mga benepisyo mula sa SSS, PhilHealth at Pag-IBIG bilang kooperatiba (Through our Motorcycle Taxi bill, the riders will receive more support from the government in the form of fare setting, insurance and company liability when accidents happen, tax exemption and other benefits from SSS [Social Security System], PhilHealth [Philippine Health Insurance Corporation] and Pag-IBIG [Home Development Mutual Fund] as cooperative,” he added.

The bill will require two-wheeled motor vehicles to register with the Land Transportation Office so they can operate as commercial vehicles that transport passengers and goods. (PNA)