MANILA, Philippines — More than 50,000 netizens have expressed their support to a group of drivers of Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) who launched a signature campaign and online petition last Friday.
The petition states the concerns of TNV drivers over the plan of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) of banning and apprehending TNVS without franchise starting July 27.
“We call on LTFRB to lift the suspension in releasing the provisional authority because it will help a lot of families,” TNVS driver representative Bobby Coronel said.
According to UBER driver Rene, LTFRB still refuses to grant him franchise despite completing the required documents.
“They requested for it. We completed what they asked but later they decide to stop our operation. It pains us,” Rene said.
Passengers also expressed their concerns and stated why they prefer to ride transport network vehicles as compared to ordinary taxis.
“With Grab and UBER, they arrive right away with just a text. Without them we need again to squeeze ourselves in buses,” said one comment.
“It’s not helpful if they stop UBER services. Taxi drivers are picky when it comes to passengers,” added another TNVS supporter.
As expected, taxi drivers are in favor of limiting the operation of TNVS.
“It eases our burden. It favors us [to limit them],” said one taxi driver.
“Our income will improve as it is before,” agreed another.
For its part, LTFRB maintains strictly implementing the law. The agency also warns TNV services who still accept applications.
“The board gave both TNVS the opportunity comply to show their good faith. In the event that they refuse and fail to comply, then enforcement is in order. The board will not be influenced nor will it succumb to pressure,” LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue
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