Angkas, a ride-hailing platform for motorbikes that's found some struggled within the Philiippines, has begun normal operations again for consumers.
At least for a few months, as recently ordered by the Department of Transportation (DOTr)—and is also more determined to educate riders on proper road safety precautions, awareness of which is still lacking in many parts of the country, says Angkas CEO Angeline Tham.
“People in the provinces [still think] it’s baduy to wear a helmet, it’s not cool,” Tham says. “Which is crazy, since it’s the single most important piece of safety equipment when riding a motorbike.”
She adds that this mentality is mostly because of lack of safety education, which many motorcycle drivers don’t have access to.
Citing survey data from Social Weather Stations, Tham says one out of three Filipino families owns a motorcycle, and that 50 percent depend on it for their livelihood. Most of them come from low-income households.
“This means they have no formal training [on how to use a motorbike],” Tham adds.
She further laments the lack of institutions that provide such formal training, saying she knows of only one in Metro Manila.
The three basic rules of motorcycle-riding—to always wear a helmet; don’t modify your bike; and take only one passenger with you—are also still not commonly known among Filipinos, she adds.
Angkas began operations in 2017, but voluntarily suspended service in the same year as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said it violated Republic Act No. 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which banned two-wheeled vehicles from being used as public transport.
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