Senate OKs motorcycle taxis for public transportation

The Senate committees on public services and local government recommended the approval of Senate Bill No. 1341 commonly known as The Motorcycles-for-Hire Act which allows motorcycle taxis to transport passengers Thursday.

Garnering a total of 16 votes, the bill supports the provision of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code (RA No. 4136) to consider motorcycle-for-hire as PUVs regulated by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“We are inching closer to having a law that will make motorcycle taxis a part of our public transportation system,” Senator Grace Poe, head of the public services panel, said.

“We will continue looking for ways and means to improve the people’s mobility and assure their safety,” Poe added.

Motorcycle taxis must comply with the following requirements:

• It must weigh less than 1,000 kilograms
• Motorcycles can travel faster than 50kph
• Minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters
• Backbone-type build

Aside from Poe, the other authors of the bill are Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Sen. Imee Marcos, Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, Sen. Joel Villanueva, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and Sen. Francis Tolentino.

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