Angkas, Biker Groups, Question Small Motorcycle Ban on Part of Skyway


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In a recent press conference in Intramuros, Angkas and major biker groups in Metro Manila has expressed strong objections on a new small motorcycle ban policy of Skyway on a part of the highway through a signage-notice installation in the area.

The said ban which the groups consider a form of discrimination against the masses, specifically pertains to sub-400cc motorcycles plying on Osmena Highway that began last July 22, 2019.

Angkas Skyway Motorcycle Ban
Angkas, Biker Groups, Question New Skyway Motorcycle Ban Policy

Moreover, in the same media gathering, Angkas Head for Regulatory and Public Affairs George Royeca decried the prohibition of small motorcycles on the highway, saying that the ban is not only anti-motorcycle-rider, it is also anti-poor.

Highway Ban Specifications

With the ban, motorcycles whose engine displacement is below 400cc and which are coming
from the East Service Road (Taguig City) can no longer use the northbound portion of Osmena Highway starting from Sales Bridge (Pasay City), instead of directly heading straight to Osmena Highway via a small road connector that crosses the PNR track.

Now, the small motorcycles must divert to Pasong Tamo Extension going to their destination in Pasay, Makati, or Manila.

George Royeca
Mr. George Royeca, Angkas Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs

Royeca added that the ban will affect a lot of commuters that rely on these critical roads. He stated that their Angkas biker-partners will have to do detours into roads that are usually jampacked with vehicles, forcing them to go through heavy traffic with an average of 45-minutes to 1 hour in addition!

What’s worse is that the ban also affects commuters who will have to go the longer way resulting in a longer travel time and higher fares because of the detours,” Royeca noted. “The move is therefore also anti-commuter.”

Skyway Administration

Royeca also pointed to Skyway O&M as the one responsible for the ban. Skyway O&M is a private corporation designated by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to operate and maintain tolled roads under the South Metro Manila Skyway Project (SMMS).

Jobert Bolanos
Jobert Bolanos, Chairman of Motorcycle Rights Organization

He, however, stressed that Osmena Highway is not a tolled road and, as such, is excluded from the list of expressways where sub-400cc motorcycles are banned. “Osmena Highway, therefore, cannot be covered by the TRB”, as claimed. “No private corporation has the right to dictate the use of public roads“…emphasizing that the ban was implemented without any studies.

Biker Groups Echo the Sentiments

According to Angkas Operations Manager David Medrana, there are currently over 27,000
Angkas riders, most of whom are based in Metro Manila. These riders use motorcycles
whose engine displacements range from 100cc to 200cc.

There are only very few motorcycle riders in Metro Manila who have 400cc motorcycles. This ban is clearly discriminatory,” Medrana claimed.

David Medrana
David Medrana, Angkas Operations Manage

Jobert Bolarios of the Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO) also denounced the ban,
saying that it is anti-poor.

The ban will benefit only moneyed individuals who can aff ord big, expensive motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles, while displacing those that only have small, sub-400cc bikes,” Bolarios said. “This is unfair and clearly one-sided,” he added.

For his part, Atty. Ariel Inton, former LTFRB board member and current member of the
Lawyers for Commuter Safety and protection, echoed the others’ sentiments.

“That long stretch of the Osmena Highway is a critical thoroughfare leading to key areas like Manila, Makati, Pasay City, and Taguig and banning small motorcycles there will greatly be an inconvenience to commuters who use motorcycle taxis daily,” Inton claimed. “Since that long stretch of Osmenia Highway is not tolled, it should be open to all motorists regardless of vehicle type,” he added.

Ariel Inton
Mr. Ariel Lim of Usapang Transport Poe (Leftmost) and Atty. Ariel Inton of Lawyer for Commuter Safety and Protection (2nd from the left)

Other motorcycle clubs are currently planning to stage more unity rides and protests in the coming weeks, and if push comes to shove, they will take legal action, to push for the lifting of the ban.

Government agencies Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have all categorically said that they did not know about the new policy and that they did not have a hand on it.


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Jonel Uy

Jonel Uy is the Editor-In-Chief of Good News Manila (GNM). He is a Social Media Consultant and Digital Marketer at a social media marketing agency named "DigitalCircles", Jonel also teaches IT at a local college in the Philippines and is the founder of BloggerManila.com, GadgetGambit.com, and SeatsForTwo.com, among others.

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