Senate Approves Motorcycles-for-Hire Act

The Congress on Thursday, February 13, officially signed and approved Senate Bill No. 1341 or The Motorcycles-for-Hire Act.

This after Committee Report No. 46 of Senate Bill No. 1341 was signed by 16 senators of the 18th Congress.

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In a press release on Thursday, Senator Grace Poe said that by approving the Motorcycles-for-Hire Act, the Congress was “inching closer to having a law that will make motorcycle taxis a part of our public transportation system.” Poe added that Congress will continue looking for ways and means in order to improve people’s mobility and assurance to safety.

Motorcycles-for-Hire, according to Senate Bill No. 1341, was defined as “any two-wheeled motor vehicle registered with the Land Transportation Office, which transports passengers and goods on a for-hire basis, and which may utilize online ride-hailing or pre-arranged transportation platforms,” thus, the motorcycle “shall weigh less than 1,000 kilograms, can travel faster than 50 kilometers per hour, has a minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters, and a backbone-type built.”

According to the said bill, the motorcycles for hire shall secure a special permit that was issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). The Senate Bill No. 1341 attempted to amend a provision of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code or Republic Act No. 4136.

Authors of the said bill were Senator Grace Poe, 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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