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Solving the Angkas problem

05:01 AM January 14, 2019

There’s no doubt that the ride-hailing firm Angkas is widely popular. It really serves the commuting public very well, aside from providing a good income for the rider/partner — overall, a win-win situation.

But since the government has ordered to stop the operation, it has become a lose-lose equation.

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Now commuters are forced to ride illegal “habal habal,” which may have poor riding habits or do not meet the highly stringent qualifications to become an Angkas rider/partner.

Does Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade have evidence that accidents involving Angkas riders have increased proportionately since the service started operations?

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If the only argument by the secretary is that having a passenger on motorcycles is “very” dangerous and that Angkas poses a danger to public safety, then why not order a total ban on passenger-carrying motorcycles?

Make it illegal across the land for motorcyclists to have a passenger. In fact, this will definitely eliminate riding-tandem crimes.

So there you go, Mr. Secretary, now you have an argument!

JOSE SANTAMARIA, j_e_santamaria@hotmail.com

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