LTFRB should defer Grab, Uber service ban

MANILA-- Until the government is able to improve mass transportation, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory (LTFRB) should defer its decision to disallow new applications from Grab and Uber drivers.

This was the statement made by Sen. Grace Poe noting that LTFRB should strike a balance between regulating Grab and Uber and ensuring that the public is afforded safe, comfortable, and reliable transportation.

We must acknowledge the fact that many of our commuters now rely on Transport Network Vehicles (TNVs) to travel around the city, Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, said in a press statement.

Poe said that she would soon be filing a resolution and bill to address the issue of TNVs in the country.

She pointed out that the reason for public outcry in the service ban of TNVs is because they provide services that taxi operators have been remiss to provide including point-to-point pick-up and delivery, standardized fare, and safe and comfortable rides.

The senator said that she believes that drivers of Grab and Uber should not be caught in the crossfire between LTFRB and the TNVS since Grab and Uber invited individuals to apply as drivers.

These individuals were accepted by these companies, and consequently, invested time and money in this endeavor. They have already been driving for several months, with the understanding that they will be given a CPC (certificates of public convenience), Poe said.

Paano ngayon sila? Sino ang mananagot diyan? (What will happen to them? Who will be responsible?) Was the LTFRB's inaction on their applications intentional? she asked.

She, however, acknowledged that the government should still control the number of private persons allowed to ply a route.

If anybody can just operate transportation services for the public, we may have an oversupply of common carriers in one area, or a lack of transportation in another, Poe said.

The senator further said that it may also result in traffic congestion due to additional vehicles on the road stressing why government regulation is still necessary.

Source: Philippine News Agency