MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) tells transport network vehicle services (TNVS) Uber and Grab not to blame the agency for the problems they are causing their partners with the new regulation.
“To the TNVS (transport network vehicle services), do not hit LTFRB because we are just doing our job. Your respective TNCs (Transportation Network Company) failed to do their job. That is why kayo ang nalalagay sa alanganin; kayo yung nalalagay sa iligal (it’s you who’s being put at a disadvantage; you are being dragged into the illegal). Who is to clean up the mess?”
This was the statement of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada following negative comments against the agency’s move to apprehend all “colorum” transport network vehicle services (TNVS) beginning July 26.
The agency clarified that Uber and Grab indeed violated the provisions of the law. The violation is enough basis to apprehend TNV drivers without provisional authority and certificate of public convenience.
LTFRB also emphasized that the blame should not be put on them over the problems arising between the management of Uber and Grab and their partners.
“Resigned, bumili ng kotse (bought a car) ; anak na may sakit, kailangan ng pera; (child is sick, needs money ) — do not throw these to us TNC. We bring it back to you. You have earned millions already, we believe it is your civic duty. Yung nilagay nyo sa alanganin (those you have placed at a disadvantage) you pay their respective amortizations to the bank, you pay for whatever damages that they need to be (unintelligible) , do not turn to us to make legal what you have done illegally” said. Atty. Lizada
On Tuesday, LTFRB conducted a surprise inspection in some of uber and grab offices. The agency found out that Uber is still accepting new applicants despite the existing moratorium and the P5-million penalty imposed by the Board, which remains unsettled up to now.
In a statement released by Uber earlier, the company vows to stop accepting new applications starting tomorrow, and adds that they are in the process of paying the penalty.
Based on the record of LTFRB, only around 3,700 TNVS nationwide are currently registered.
If they will compare the record to that of uber and grab, there are more than 50,000 colorum TNVS operating in the country.
Meanwhile Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said, aside from the welfare of commuters, the government is also losing huge amount of revenue if thousands of TNVS will not apply for franchise at LTFRB.
Tugade added, “kailangan diyan may share din diyan yung gobyerno yung kinikita doon. Kung kailangan may mekanismo at tsaka pamamaraan niyan na yung plete na binabayaran o yung kita na inaambag, eh ibahagi ninyo naman sa gobyerno.” ( The government should have a share from their earnings. There should be a mechanism and a process wherein the payments for the fare or the earnings contributed are shared with the government.) —Grace Casin|UNTV News & Rescue
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Hatchback-type and sub-compact cars will now be allowed to operate as transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Friday.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the department order which was announced by Transport Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran to media.
“Sec. Tugade signs the Department Order permanently allowing hatchbacks and sub-compact cars as TNVS units,” Libiran told reporters in a message.
A copy of the order has yet to be furnished to the media.
The formal signing of the department order follows Tugade’s directive on Thursday for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to implement its Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-005, which allows hatchback units to operate as public transport on certain conditions.
Tugade issued the instruction following complaints from stakeholders on the matter.
“Kung kailangang baguhin ang ilang dokumento, baguhin. Kung kailangang i-improve, dapat i-improve,” Tugade said in a statement.
Under MC 2018-005, all accredited hatchback units shall be allowed to operate as public transport provided that they only operate during the transition period of three (3) years, only in Metro Manila, and charge a lower fare.
However, only hatchback units that were among the 55,000 units in the masterlist and whose applications were filed from March 5 to December 15, 2018 are entitled to the benefit granted by MC 2018-005.
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Richmund de Leon earlier said the LTFRB will need to amend its memorandum to allow the permanent classification of hatchbacks as TNVS units, and to re-enlist TNVS units that were previously removed from the masterlist.
He further cited that the inclusion of hatchbacks in the TNVS fleet will greatly benefit the commuting public.
“We are giving the commuters their transport options. Kung gusto niya na mas mura ang biyahe niya, mag-hatchback siya,” he said.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – A group of ride-sharing app drivers and operators on Friday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to decide on the implementation of a moratorium on the apprehension of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) vehicles with incomplete registrations.
The Laban TNVS on Friday morning simultaneously sounded their horns as a part of their protest caravan staged in front of the LTFRB main office and the House of Representatives.
The group called on LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra to fulfill his promise of immediately deciding on their appeal to implement a moratorium on apprehensions while their members are processing their applications.
TNVS drivers and operators met with the LTFRB on Tuesday to discuss their concerns following their staging of a ‘transport holiday’ on Monday (July 8).
“Pagkatapos ng dialogue, ang pangako ni Chairman Delgra, within the week ay ilalabas ng board ang desisyon nila tungkol sa dalawang bagay. Una, ‘yung no apprehension, moratorium sa apprehension ng mga TNVS na tinuturing nilang colorum… At yung pangalawa, yung sa usapin ng hatchback,” said Atty. Ariel Inton, president of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection group.
Although they were able to bring their sentiments before the LTFRB, the group said they are yet to feel any assurance from Delgra’s statements.
“There was no assurance doon sa statement niya. That’s the reason why nandito kami to tell them na naghihintay kami sa kasagutan nila na dapat maging at least maging favorable sa amin,” said Eric Gabriel Fernandez, convenor of the LabanTNVS.
TNVS drivers and operators said the protest aims to air their opposition against LTFRB’s “inconsistent” policies and processing in terms of TNVS registration and application.
They are also protesting the agency’s alleged non-implementation of Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchback-type vehicles to operate as TNVS.
The group warned to conduct continuous protest caravans should the LTFRB fail to announce its decision on the matter. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe on Monday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to consider lifting its ban on transport network vehicle services (TNVS) units that have failed to comply with application requirements.
Poe made the call as ride-hailing app drivers went offline on Monday (July 8) to protest the agency’s ‘inconsistent’ policies and phase out of hatchback cars.
Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services, said the LTFRB already promised in its Memorandum Circular 2018-005 in February that it will allow existing hatchbacks to continue operating for three more years to recoup their investment.
“Siguro ay dapat rin nating malaman kung bakit napagdesisyunan ng LTFRB na hindi sundin ang sarili nilang circular,” the senator said in a statement.
(Maybe it’s time we find out why the LTFRB decided not to follow its own circular.)
“Hindi pwedeng paiba-iba ang ipinatutupad na regulasyon. Hindi ito patas sa mga mananakay at sa mga namumuhunan,” she added.
(The regulations should not be inconsistent. This is not fair to the passengers and investors.)
Poe further said that while LTFRB’s mandate to regulate the industry and ensure the safety of the riding public should be respected, calls to make the process easier according to the Ease of Doing Business Act should also be recognized.
“Matagal na nating kinilala ang kakayanan ng industriyang ito na tugunan ang kakulangan ng maayos na transportasyon sa kalakhang Maynila. Bakit natin kailangang pahirapan ang lahat?”
(We have long recognized this industry’s capacity to fill the gap of mass transportation in Metro Manila. Why do we need to make everyone suffer?)
The TNVS community in Metro Manila earlier said the transport holiday on Monday is to protest the difficult policies of the LTFRB in securing provisional authority and certificate of public convenience.
Although the drivers’ move inconvenienced many ride-hailing app users, Poe said the transport holiday is an opportunity for a negotiation between the LTFRB and the TNVS groups.
The agency earlier announced the conduct of a dialogue on Tuesday (July 9) to discuss the groups’ grievances.
“While the parties are on the table, we hope that the LTFRB can consider lifting the deactivation on those who failed to comply with the requirements,” Poe said.
The senator, meanwhile, revealed that bills seeking to put in place a law governing TNVS operations will continue to be discussed in the Senate.
“These include the re-filing of our bill from last Congress which proposes that only Transport Network Companies (such as Grab) will be directly regulated by the LTFRB. TNVS will only be one of several bills in the overarching ‘inclusive transportation’ agenda,” she said.
Poe added that bills seeking for the establishment of alternative modes of transportation will also be pushed in the 18th Congress.
“Other bills which we will file include the establishment of bicycle lanes, elevated walkways, and other alternative modes of transportation,” she said.
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