QC court stops Angkas riders’ reduction for 20 days, denies plea for TRO versus JoyRide, Move It

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The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a second temporary restraining order (TRO), this time lasting 20 days, against the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) from reducing the number of Angkas riders. However, it denied the ride-hailing app’s plea to exclude new rivals JoyRide and Move It from the motorcycle taxi pilot program.

In a recent 4-page order, RTC Branch 223 Judge Catherine Manodon directed authorities to refrain from apprehending Angkas riders in excess of the much-reduced cap of 10,000 in Metro Manila and 3,000 in c.

The court deemed the situation “urgent” and found that Angkas (DBDOYC, Inc.) would suffer “irreparable injury” if the revised guidelines issued by the inter-agency technical working group (TWG) overseeing the motorcycle taxi test run were not restrained.

But, it no longer saw the need for a TRO against the entry of JoyRide (We Move Things Philippines, Inc.) and Move It (We-Load Transcargo Corp.) because they already had been operating before the pilot program.

“When the acts sought to be prevented by injunction or prohibition have already been performed or completed prior to the filing of the injunction suit, nothing more can be enjoined or restrained,” the court said.

On January 6, Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court Acting Executive Judge Ofelia Calo granted a 72-hour TRO sought in a class suit by Angkas riders—not the company itself—against the rider cap that would lead to the displacement of 17,000.

The LTFRB argued that it wanted to force the displaced Angkas riders to join JoyRide and Move It instead under the pretext of competition.

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