Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has approved hatchback at compact cars to be registered as a transport network vehicle service (TNVS) unit.
Last month, LTFRB was planning to ban this type of vehicle for safety reasons of passengers. This also for the reason that these vehicles are not “2000-cc rated.”
“Mayroon po tayong standard na sinusunod para sa mga sasakyan, ito ay ‘yong sedan, as long as makapasok sa 2000-cc rated… For safety regulations, ito ‘yong mga technical requirement po na kinakailangan at ito ho ang sinusunod ng mga taxi.” as explained by LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.
As expected, many TNVS driver was against this and deemed this plan as unfair and unjust. The social media was flooded with negative reactions from Grab/Uber drivers.
There will be guidelines set on LTFRB’s decision allowing hatchback or compact cars to travel as TNVS vehicle.
According to LTFRB, hatchback or compact vehicles will have its separate category and can only travel within Metro Manila. The fare for this type of vehicle will also lower compared to a regular sedan.
Another decision made by LTFRB concerning the “base cap” on the no. of vehicles that they will approve for TNVS. Last January 18, a memorandum was released by LTFRB limiting the number of TNVS vehicles.
A third party auditor was hired to clean the masterlist of approved TNVS operators. Now, from 45,000, they have increased the number to 65,000.
“‘Yong mga nag-apply before July 2017 moratorium ang io-honor. Iyon muna,” Atty. Aileen Lizada said.
LTFRB shall review the number of active TNVS vehicles every three months, factoring in the needs of the riding public.