By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
‘Colorum’ transport network vehicles under Grab and Uber were given the chance to operate and charge their passengers until December this year as transport officials have yet to come up with improved policies on regulating the ride-sharing industry.
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada said they aim to release before the end of 2017 the revised guidelines on regulating the operations of transport network companies (TNCs) and transport network vehicles services (TNVS).
“It can be by revising the DOTR (Department of Transportation) order, it can be also how to treat the TNCs. We will propose it before Congress,” Lizada said.
She clarified that in the absence of such an order, no apprehensions will be conducted against TNVS units that are operating without franchises.
The LTFRB was supposed to start its crackdown on colorum TNVS after it ordered Grab and Uber to stop deploying unaccredited operators into the roads.
“We ordered them to deactivate all those without franchise, but since they filed their MRs (motions for reconsideration), we had to treat them first,” Lizada said.
The LTFRB has yet to release its decision on the appeals by Grab and Uber last July 20.
A tecnhical working group (TWG) composed of the DOTr, LTFRB officials, and representatives of Grab and Uber, was to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss the issues on the ride-sharing transport sector.
Lizada said they will put a cap on the number of the TNVS that can operate and charge passengers.
“We need to address how many (drivers) are active in a day. How many are online and what time?…At the end of all the tecnhical working group (meetings), we will have the numbers,” she said.
According to Lizada, only around 14,000 TNVS are actually allowed to operate. They include the 3,700 which were given franchises and the more than 10,000 whose applications are still pending.
Lizada said only Grab as of press time had submitted its list of active operators as of June 30. She said they are still waiting for Uber to give them the data of its 28,000 operators.
The LTFRB official said they will also tackle in their meeting Grab’s and Uber’s business model which had already been violated.
“It was supposed to be a ride-sharing, meaning, the owner should be the driver. That the owner will share his vehicle to passengers. But we learned that this has become a business that an operator had 10 units. It should not be that way,” she said.
Lizada said they will consider suggestions from legislators to give Grab and Uber the franchise as operators for all the TNVS under their platforms.
Lizada asked for patience and understanding from the public and assured that they will address the issues with the TNCs.
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