FILE PHOTO: A hatchback model of a car
MANILA, Philippines – The Land transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) argued that some Transport Network Companies did not comply with the provisions of the agency regarding their operations.
“Hindi po ito bago, matagal na itong requirement ng LTFRB. The basic is sedan (This is nothing new, it has long been a requirement of LTFRB. The basic is sedan.) ” LTFRB Board member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.
Thus, LTFRB has decided that hatchbacks TNVS units using motor engines that are 1200 cc and below will no longer be allowed to load passengers beginning March this year.
Based on record of the agency, around 10,000 hatchbacks registered under Grab and Uber are expected to be taken-off the road in March.
Meanwhile, operators will be given the chance to apply for dropping and substation in order for them to continue with their business.
“When you say dropping and substitution we are talking dropping your hatchback and substituting it with one that is compliant,” Lizada said.
LTFRB pointed out that hatchbacks are not suited for public transport particularly to tall passengers and they have no enough space for large baggage.
TNVS operator, Rowell Talaue is planning to sell his hatchback in order to buy a new model to continue his driving.
However, he opposes the LTFRB decision saying big space for baggage is not an issue because TNC’s have a separate services for such deliveries.
Rowell added that an accident is something that cannot be anticipated, as it can happen anytime either to a small or large vehicle.
“Tingin ko unfair, kasi kung ang dahilan ay for safety ng pasahero eh sa tingin ko safe naman siya…sa tingin ba kapag mga kotse ang dadalin na kapag mayroon ding ganung kalakas na aksidente ay hindi rin ba mamamatay o mapipinsala ang pasahero,” Talaue said.
(I think it’s unfair because if the reason is for safety of the passenger, I think it’s safe enough. Do they think that if a violent accident were to occur with any other model, the passenger will be completely safe?)
Meanwhile, LTFRB will begin posting of stickers on TNVs.
Stickers will serve as identification of TNVs from privately used vehicles.
All TNVs given franchise will have stickers to be placed at the right upper portion of the vehicles’ windshield.
At present, there are more than 100,000 TNVs registered under Uber and Grab across the country—20,000 of them were given franchise by LTFRB. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue