THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) should allow motorcycle taxis to ferry passengers in the name of public service.
This was stressed yesterday by Quezon City (2nd District) Rep. Winston Castelo during a press conference yesterday in Quezon City.
Castelo, together with leaders of motorcycle riders, said 14 million riders are disappointed with the LTFRB and Department of Transportation for allegedly continuing to ignore their appeal to allow motorcycle taxis to ply their trade.
The Quezon City solon lamented that motorcycle taxis could solve the problems of communters who encounter problems due to heavy traffic.
“Ang mga students nala-late sa schools. Mga workers napapagalitan ng kanilang mga employers. Worse sa pag aaral, P4.4 billion ang nasusunog dahil sa traffic, kaya talagang disappointing ang ating mga regulatory officials at dapat nilang sagutin at aksyunan to solve this problem,” said Castelo.
In a separate interview, Lawyers of Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP) founder Atty. Ariel Inton Jr. agreed with Castelo and said that motorcycle taxis would be no different from transport network vehicle service normal.
“Parang TNC at TNVS lang yan, eto kasi ay motorcycle mode lang,” he added.
The group expressed hope that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and LTFRB Chief Martin Delgra would act on their appeal soon.