JoyRide vs Angkas, and what's left for us to ponder

  • Opinion
JoyRide helmet

Last December 23, 2019, ride-hailing motorcycle taxi service JoyRide opened its service to the public. Prior to this, we’ve had a lot of things at hand when it comes to the motor taxi industry:

Again, we are in this so-called pilot period, where all motor taxis which move people and things are allowed. More on this in the later parts of the post.

JoyRide jacket

So how was JoyRide?

Moving back to JoyRide, I tried the service twice. Based on the rider-partner I talked to in my first ride (December 28), JoyRide partners (or “Kasundo”) only accept full-time riders. This alone sets the difference between JoyRide and Angkas.

On my second ride on my way to Cosplay Matsuri Day 2 (December 29), I compared the fare between Angkas and JoyRide, as well as the availability of each services’ rider-partners. I do regret not having a proper screenshot for both services but bear with me.

From point A in Pasig to point B in Malibay, Pasay, JoyRide’s fare is 30 pesos less than Angkas; but Angkas certainly has more riders in the area than JoyRide. That’s how JoyRide works for me (I wonder how does it go well in your area – do tell me in the comments area below).


To cap off this post, let’s go back to the first JoyRide I had: While the stoplight was red, the JoyRide partner chanced upon an Angkas partner. They had a normal conversation with the Angkas partner asking the JoyRide partner what batch are they in.

Long story short: There’s no hate coming from the side of the riders. It’s just that we have this major ride-hailing app and the transport board who are definitely not on the same page.
Maybe the Angkas representative has said something that riled up the transport board.

In the end, we all suffer by March 23 – might as well enjoy the remaining days of motorcycle taxis.

Until both the government through the TWG and the private sector with Angkas as the dominant motor taxi ride-hailing service make up their bloody minds and be on the same page, we’ll live in a time bomb.

Imagine a time where there’s no other monopoly in the motor taxi space, the government has full support in moving people from place-to-place fast through any means, with the commuting and riding public actually cooperating so that we won’t have this thing called longer traffic which has brought us to this moment in the first place.

Just imagine that.


P.S.: I have not yet tried Move It, but you will hear King Julien’s “I like to Move It” as you get to their website.