Last month, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has endorsed the resumption of the motorcycle taxi pilot study program. Their return is hoped to make the daily commute less stressful for many Filipinos. In addition it could serve as an alternative to the current more expensive options, like TNVS or taxis.
Set to meet within this week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and various motorcycle taxi operators will discuss new guidelines for operation of MC taxis under the new normal, as well as the possible date of its resumption.
Besides MC taxis, the LTO also reminds riders who are using their motorcycles as a form of livelihood to secure and carry a valid Professional Driver’s License at all times. This applies to MC Taxi partner riders as well as couriers.
During a recent virtual meeting, LTO chief, assistant secretary, Edgar Galvante, has reminded motorcycle riders that they must be a Professional Driver’s License holder if they shuttle commuters as an MC taxi rider.
This requirement is not new. Under Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Code, Article II Section 3 E, the law states that a “professional driver” shall mean every and any driver hired or paid for driving or operating a motor vehicle, whether for private use or for hire to the public (PUV).
If caught driving with a non-professional driver’s license while operating a motorcycle taxi, a ₱3,000 fine will be imposed upon the rider, in accordance with Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01. Additionally, the improperly-licensed rider will be disqualified from driving a motor vehicle for a period of 1 year from the date of fine settlement.