They would rather endure the dust,
Operating without legal authorization from the government,
Many taxi commuters have cried foul over the alleged overcharging of Grab based on the ‘surge’ system applied on routes affected by heavy traffic. And at the height of gridlock in several parts of Metro Manila last Tuesday, the Metro Rail Transit experienced four breakdowns within the day, forcing thousands of workers and students to take other
At the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, where habal-habal units are not allowed to take passengers, these illegal motorcycle shuttles are having a field day—several, actually—by evading traffic enforcers in the area.
To avoid apprehension,
These two-wheeled shuttle services usually charge around P50 for a minimum distance of four kilometers. When traffic has gone from worse to worst, they charge double or triple than usual. Desperate passengers spot these
They don't stay in one place for long. Most of the time, the rider maneuvers his motorbike slowly on the roadside while looking around for a client instead of staying in one corner. There are lots of habal-habal units now operating illegally in commercial districts in Makati, Pasig, Mandaluyong and other areas of Metro Manila, and they seem to be unstoppable.
In Mandaluyong where a ban on two men riding in tandem is in effect, habal-habal riders find their way through secondary streets to evade traffic enforcers. In Makati, businessmen clad in well-pressed suits avail of habal-habals instead of driving their car through heavy traffic and wasting precious time looking for parking space. Most of them used to not like motorcycles before the Uber crisis erupted.
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This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.