Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo is pushing for the regulation on the use of motor bikes as public utility vehicle.
Salo, along with South Cotabato Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez, filed House Bill No. 03569 (An Act Allowing and Regulating the Use of Motorcycle as Public Utility Vehicles, Amending for this Purpose Republic Act No. 4136, or The Land Transportation and Traffic Code, and for Other Purposes.
“We continue to have these public transport service problems and monopoly issues because our Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Metropolitan Manila Development and Land Transportation regulations are rooted in the 1964 Land Transportation and Traffic Code and the 1949 Civil Code of the Philippines,” he said.
“My House Bill 3569 updates our archaic transportation laws and will uphold the welfare of all parties in controversies like the current one involving Angkas,” he said.
“Under the existing laws, motorcycle is not among those in the list that are allowed as public transport. The best Christmas gift we could give to Angkas and habal-habal riders is that the government would recognize them as PUVs,” he added.
He said Republic Act 4136 and Civil Code are obsolete laws passed under the administration of the late Presidents Diosdado Macapagal and Elpidio Quirino, respectively.
"In addition to the impact of the archaic common carrier and public transport laws, we also have the LTFRB and other regulators who are out of touch with the new laws and standards on competition regulation and monopolies," Salo said.
"With HB 3569, the parameters, guidelines, and principles for regulating transport network services and their TNCs are laid down, including aspects involving consumer protection and modern technologies," he added.