MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has vowed to fast track the processing of thousands of pending franchise applications of transport network vehicle services (TNVS)
For this reason, the agency has put up one-stop-shop at its main office where more than 3,000 drivers who were first granted with franchises, will be able to apply for the renewal of their provisional authorities as well as certificates of public convenience (CPC).
On Wednesday the LTFRB’s technical working group had their meeting with the representatives of Uber and Grab, to tackle the issues about their system.
Uber and Grab management committed to provide the agency a complete list and detailed information of their operations.
This will serve as the basis of the LTFRB, to come up with a concrete plan on how to settle the problems with thousands of TNVS.
LTFRB clarified that as of now, they will prioritize the expedited processing of around 11,000 pending franchise applications that were filed even before the moratorium was issued.
Meanwhile the agency stood firm that it will resume arrests of “colorum” TNVS on July 26.
Transportation Department on the other pointed out that they understand the need for better public transportation, but insisted that there is an existing law that Uber and Grab must follow.
“Let’s take it as it is. We really have a problem with our public transportation but that doesn’t mean that we will bend the rules,” DOTr Road Transport Undersecretary Thomas Orbos said.
Some drivers are worried about the negative impact of these issues on their livelihood.
Grab driver Paulo Ortiz said, “We were given application to travel on the roads, however, we have this kind problem. How are we going to pay for our car loans?
Meanwhile, Uber driver Ronnie Francisco said, “If we had been informed about the moratorium, I think we would not have applied for a car loan.”
On July 26, all apprehended TNVS will be fined of P120,000 with vehicles subject for impounding for a period of 3 months. — Joan Nano |UNTV News & Rescue