A transportation advocacy group has urged lawmakers to prioritize bills to legalize motorcycle taxis because the move will help commuters deal with the current transportation crisis.
In a statement, Passenger Forum organizer Primo Morillo said motorcycle taxis promise to provide a much-needed supply of public transport options at a time when there is an apparent deficit, with some operators and drivers having decided to stop driving following the series of massive increases in oil prices.
He said the measure became law in the 18th Congress through the efforts of nearly 20 members of Congress and Senate Public Services Committee Chair Grace Poe.
Morillo explained that the said proposal will also help the government’s job creation program at no cost to the government while broadening the government’s tax base.
“We have also read and support Senator JV Ejercito’s SB167. We hope the 19th Congress acts quickly as commuters need all the help we can get with our current public transportation situation,” Morillo said.
“Legalizing MC taxis will help the economy as a whole. Commuting workers will get to work faster, thousands of passengers will have jobs, and the government will receive the taxes from all these transactions,” said he added.
Meanwhile, the group also welcomes the acquisition of Move It by Grab PH, calling the deal “a step towards a more competitive market”.
“This is a welcome move as it strengthens the competition between the three players in the motorcycle taxi study. We hope that more players will come so that they all compete to offer better rates, services and promotions. commuters always prefer to have a choice as long as it is done within the regulations,” Morillo said.
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