GMA News | November 27, 2017

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday morning prevented at least 200 drivers of app-based motorcycle hailing service Angkas from giving free rides to Metro Rail Transit 3 passengers.

In a video tweet by radio dzBB's Allan Gatus, MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago was seen explaining to Angkas drivers that they need to secure a franchise or permit from proper authorities to continue the activity.

The Angkas drivers went to the MRT3 North Avenue station as early as 6 a.m..

One driver said they were able to service a total of 140 MRT3 passengers for free.

The motorcycle drivers had planned to provide free rides to train passengers from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. during Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

The drivers, who also provide free helmets to riders, said they can take train passengers to the Ayala Station in Makati City in only 25 to 30 minutes.

The free ride has been put on hold as the group vowed to seek a permit from the authorities.

The MMDA had earlier allowed P2P buses to give free rides to train passengers.

The MRT3 has been experiencing daily glitches, which leave hundreds of train passengers stranded.

Another glitch took place on Monday morning, prompting the unloading of passengers at the southbound of Cubao Station at 6:17 a.m..

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board had said that Angkas drivers are considered colorum and similar to the prohibited habal-habal because they have no LTFRB-approved insurance.

The LTFRB had also said that motorcycles could not be considered as transport providers.

Earlier this month, the LTFRB and Highway Patrol Group apprehended Angkas drivers in an anti-colorum operation.