LTO chief Edgar Galvante yesterday admitted that there are currently no clear rules or laws governing the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles, putting the government in an uncertain situation with Angkas. File
MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) wants regulatory powers over the motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas following an accident that left a commuter seriously injured last month.
LTO chief Edgar Galvante yesterday admitted that there are currently no clear rules or laws governing the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles (PUVs), putting the government in an uncertain situation with Angkas.
“You say their numbers are increasing. We’ll look into that and see how it will be regulated. I only heard of Angkas after the accident,” he said in an interview.
The LTO and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have been pointing fingers on who has responsibility over Angkas.
LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada said they do not have jurisdiction over two-wheeled vehicles but Galvante said they cannot meddle with the accreditation or franchising of PUVs, which should be under the regulatory board.
The LTFRB, earlier this year, ordered three ride-sharing companies, including Angkas, to cease operations because they have no valid authority or franchise from the government.
Lizada said Angkas has not communicated with the regulatory board.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Roads Tim Orbos said he will pursue the matter with both the LTO and LTFRB.
A GMA News report showed Alejandro Cajano’s family appealing for help after he was seriously injured during a ride he booked through the app. He was hit by the front wheel of a Toyota Fortuner on July 15.
Angkas said they sent a representative to provide assistance to the injured driver and rider and have coordinated directly with traffic enforcers and the police.
“We are also helping them claim their insurance, which Angkas provides to all passengers and bikers who are booked through the app,” Angkas said in a statement.
Galvante said they will summon the registered owner of the vehicle as well as the driver, identified as Zammy Banzeula, for a hearing regarding the accident.