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