MANILA, Philippines – The new regulation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) continues to draw criticisms.
The regulation seeks to limit the number of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) the LTFRB will allow to operate on roads.
Based on the Memorandum Circular 2018-03, the agency will limit the number of TNVS in Metro Manila to 45,000, 500 in Cebu and 200 units in Pampanga.
The new order takes effect on February 3.
However, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the LTFRB to review the said regulation.
Tugade explained that the agency should ensure that its implementation is reasonable on the part of both TNVS drivers and commuters.
This allays concerns of TNVS drivers who might lose their jobs should LTFRB push through with the implementation of the said order.
They insisted that they are following the policies of the LTFRB, but they call on the agency to withdraw its plan to impose a cap on the number of operating TNVS on roads.
“What if I become one of those who would lose jobs? What will happen to my family, and to my dialysis?” said TNVS driver Mang Glen.
“I represent the lady drivers who rely solely on this for livelihood and extra income,” said TNVS driver Arlyn Camorongan.
According to Brian Cu, the country head of Grab Philippines, the supply cap may result in higher fare rates, and difficulty of booking rides due to the huge number of TNVS that might be slashed.
“Passengers will have difficulty getting TNVS rides. Higher fares will become frequent due to surges, even though there is still a surge cap in place,” Cu said.
Based on the figures submitted by Uber and Grab to LTFRB, they have 125,000 units operating across the Philippines.
Overall, the number of TNVS drivers who might no longer operate would reach more than 79,000.
Meanwhile, LTFRB will begin accepting new applications for TNVS on February 5. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue