DOTr asked to develop ‘reasonable’ standards for Grab, Uber

MANILA-- A senator on Wednesday appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to develop 'reasonable' standards for transport network vehicle services (TNVS) or ride-sharing applications such as Grab and Uber to make public transportation more convenient.

Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV made this call after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday (July 11) fined Grab and Uber PHP5 million each for violations of various terms and conditions.

LTFRB said that Grab and Uber violated the terms and conditions of their Certificates of Transportation Network Company (TNC) accreditation under Memorandum Circular 2015-016.

Representatives from Uber and Grab admitted that a number of their vehicles have operated without certificates of public convenience (CPC) or provisional authority (PA).

Aquino, meanwhile, said that legislation is needed to create and institutionalize an appropriate regulatory framework for TNVS and to distinguish it from public transport services.

I urge the LTFRB to address this issue of penalties for rideshare companies. Then we can focus on passing legislation to develop the industry and to ensure these new transport networks are held accountable for offenses, Aquino said.

Last year, Aquino submitted a measure, Senate Bill No. 696 or the Rideshare Support Company Act, promoting and encouraging new, affordable and safe transportation options for the commuting public, like Grab and Uber.

He pointed out that the government must work with TNVS as it improved the quality of service for commuters.

In any industry, increased competition often leads to improved quality, improved service, and lower prices for consumers. For the commuting public, this is a change they have long clamored for, Aquino said.

Source: Philippines News Agency