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TRANSPORT Secretary inMetroManila.

times to discuss the ao-


Arthur Tugade's receni Seeing the publicclam- propriate standards arid
initiatives f or the assess- or on the legalization andiapicities of motorcycles
ment of motorcycle laxi rcgulation of motorcycle foi public transportition
operations in the coun- taxrs, I ransporL Secretary service, including deter-
try ahead of its legaliza- Arthur Tu_gade ea ruer is- mining thepiopei type of
tion and regulation have sued the directive to cre- motoriycki th;t c;l be
eamed praise ftom gov- ate the IWC to discuss granted a franchise, the
emment official8, trans- issues in relation to the minimum Cubic Centi-
Poltadvocates,commut- prospect of motorcycle meter (CC) ca pacitv of the
ers, and motorcycle rid- taxis operating as public molor, travei spied of
ets. kansport. motorcyde taxis,ftanchise
Earning the monicker "We attheDOTIknow route, i'eat and helmet re-
"Mr. Transpormer" from how lo listen. So even if quirements, and traiJring
transport groups for his the 5C has yet to issue a requirements for motor--
Positive tlansf ormation final ruJing, we already cvile bikerslooking to reg-
initiatives in the local formed a IWG to studv iiter as a Public"UtilH'
hansport sector, Sec. Tu- lhe prospect of motorcf- Vetucle driver. The TWd
gade earlier issued the cles serving as-public also discussed regulato-
directive to create a tech- transportation." Sec. fu- ry concerns on actount-
nical working group gade said in an earlier abjlityforpassengersaJe-
(TWG) to discuss issues news report. ty in the event of an acci-
inrelation to theprospect The TWC is headed bv dent.
of motorcycle taxis oper- Undersecretary Mark d'e On their second meet-
ating as public transport. Leon and was comprised ing, the TWG did an on-
"Secretary Tugade's of other representatit.<is sitF observation of Ang-
creation of a technical from the DOTr, Land kas touted safew traii-
working group is an im- fransportation Otfice iJlg program thafhas re-
porta nt step in sol ving an (LTO_), LandTransporta- sultid ii theh high safety
issue that's been plagu- tion Franchising and Reg- standards.
rng thecounky loryears/" ulatory Board-(LTFRB), After the thnee meet-
Rep. Winnie Castelo said, Philippine National Police ings, the TWC proposed
"I'mpleasedwiththiskind - Highway Patrol Grotrp toionduct a teit run for
of decisive leadershiD (PNP-HPG), Metro Mj- motor( ycle taxis ahead of
ftom the DOTr and it nila. Der elopment Au- thei! p;opos€d legaliza-
shows they ale sensitive thority (MMDA),g'enate, tion a;d iesulatio-n. The
to the neehs of the peo- Howeof Represenenives) -proposal is- stilJ up for
ple," he added. commuter welfare sec. Tugade,s approval.
Rep. Castelo is the groups, road sajety ad- Und"ersecreiiry de
chairman of the House locates, motorcyclehan- Leon said that the niotor-
Comrnittee on MehoMa- uJacturers, motorcycleor- cycle taxi proposed pilot
nil a Development. He has gan,z-atrons, and law run is partoftheeffortsof
called severil hearings on schools. the TWG to assess the vi_
motorcycle taxi regul;tion TheTwchasmettbree abilityofmotorcycletaxis
as ptiblic utility vehicles
as well as to test the irr-
plem en ting rules and reg_
ulations (tRR) thar tlie
group is drafting.
In an earlier meeting of
lransport secto! officials
and industry players
called by presiaentiai Ad-
viset on EnhepreneuJship
Joey Concepcion, he laud-
ed Sec. Tugade for creat-
ing theTWG. Concepcion
noled that the secretarv
has said that he is nrit
against any mode o,f
ttanspodation as long as
it is efficient, safe, and
comfortable.
Angkas head of Regu-
latory and Public Affairs
George Royeca likewaise
praised the DOTr for the
test run initiative. "We
would like to thank the
DOTi, especially Secre-
tary Tugade and Under-
secietary de I€o& for their
selfless consideration of
the plight of our commut-
els and motorcvcle rid-
ers," Royeca not"ed.