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Bring your own helmet, cashless payment once motorcycle taxi resume

 Heads-up to new normal of life with COVID-19! Passengers will be asked to bring their own helmets and a cashless transaction will be soon part of the safety measures to be implemented once motorcycle taxis will ply back in the roads.

It seems that this will become our new reality in the Philippines as the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is studying the resumption of motorcycle taxi operations.   

Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran said the guidelines for operations of motorcycle ride-hailing units have already been crafted and would soon be finalized, pending a Congress resolution that would allow motorbikes-for hire to ply the roads again, according to a report from Manila Bulletin.

The guidelines include requiring motorcycle taxi riders to bring their own helmets, on top of other safety protocols such as the mandatory wearing of face masks, Libiran added.

“Isa sa mga naging issue na na-bring up noon sa motorcycle taxi pilot study ay yung reklamo ng ilang pasahero na madumi o kaya ay pinagpasa-pasahan na ang helmet. Dahil ngayon ay nasa pandemic tayo at very conscious tayo sa health and safety protocols natin, kailangan ay mayroong dalang sariling helmet ang mga pasahero,” Libiran explained.

Meanwhile, Angkas riders express gratitude over the positive response from the government. Donning their uniforms and shields, around 5,000 Angkas riders went on a unity ride on Sunday to show their excitement whose livelihood has been affected by the pandemic.

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