House to look into operation of Grab, Uber and other TNCs » Manila Bulletin News



By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House of Representatives committee on transportation is eyeing to regulate the operations of all transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Grab.


The panel, chaired by Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento would conduct a hearing on August 2 as lawmakers seek to finally regulate and set clear the requirements, guidelines and standards for the operation of these application-based ride-hailing platforms.

“There is a need to study this app and type of transport and possibly allow them subject to necessary regulations,” Sarmiento said.

He said his panel will begin deliberations on House bills relating to TNCs and transport network vehicle services (TNVS).

Sarmiento laments that TNVS do not have permits either from the local government units (LGUs) or from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and their fare setting is not being regulated.

“People want transparency in pricing, accountability of both the passengers and drivers, reliability of service, driver courtesy, the convenience technology, and the smell of a new car,” the leader of the House panel said.

He said his panel would definitely adopt the position of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that all transport service providers must secure a congressional franchise.

House appropriations committee chair Rep. Karlo Nograles of Davao City and his brother, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles have sought the enactment of a law that specifically provides the rules governing the operation of TNCs.

The two brothers filed House Bill 6009, also known as the Transportation Network Service Act, which seeks to institutionalize the TNCs as an alternative mode of public transport and provide the regulations for the operation of transportation network services.

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