A BILL setting registration requirements and safety parameters for motorcycles for hire was approved on second reading by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

House Bill 10571 or the proposed Motorcycles-For-Hire Act gives the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to regulate the industry, including setting guidelines for which types of motorcycle are eligible for hire, according to proceedings of the chamber’s plenary session.

The bill gives the Land Transportation Office the authority to determine whether motorcycles are roadworthy.

Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and local government units, will have the authority to issue hire-motorcycle franchises in cities, with the numbers to depend on a route plan to be developed by the DoTr.

The measure also gives the LTFRB the power to set fares and other fees operators can charge.

A Senate counterpart bill was approved last year at the committee level and is awaiting second-reading approval. — Jaspearl Emerald G. Tan