MC taxi Move It plans fleet expansion

Motorcycle taxi firm Move It, which was recently acquired by transport network vehicle service provider Grab, plans to expand its existing fleet by adding 6,000 more drivers within the next three months to serve more passengers, especially as the holiday season nears.

In a statement on Thursday,  Move It chairperson Francis Juan said over a million commuters are seeking to use motorcycles every day in Metro Manila, but there are not enough operators and drivers to meet this demand.

“The public need is there and growing. Besides, this MC taxi business will generate thousands of jobs and add a component to the public transport system by providing first-mile and last-mile rides such as when you are taking the bus from the North or South of Metro Manila or, before or after you take MRT and LRT,” he said.

According to him, Move It will scale up to provide more rides and improve its booking app for rider convenience. Under the government’s motorcycle taxi pilot study, Move It is allowed to expand its fleet by up to 7,000 riders.

However, Juan pointed out that lawmakers should finally file and pass the bill legalizing MC taxis and opening up the sector to interested parties just like in the bus and taxi sectors

As part of the company’s efforts to uphold the welfare of its driver-partners, Move It will collect only a 15 percent share from fares compared to commission rates as high as 20 percent by other operators.

“We want our drivers to earn more, especially during these challenging times of high fuel prices and inflation. Twenty percent commission is the usual platform service fee, but we want to keep our commissions lower to increase the take-home pay of our drivers,” Juan said.

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