Thursday, June 13, 2019

On the Deactivation of 8,000 TNVS Drivers

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) maintain that the proper registration of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) is imperative for the safety and security of the riding public.

Firstly, TNVS operators and drivers have been given more than ample time to comply with the requirements in applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or a Provisional Authority (PA).

LTFRB records indicate, in fact, that 40,522 TNVS units have already been granted with a CPC and PA, 29,714 units of which secured provisional authority.

This is proof that the timelines given were realistic and achievable. This is likewise proof that those who applied due diligence in compliance with state requirements are given an opportunity to participate in public transport service.

Applicants are encouraged to personally file their application for TNVS franchise, proof of their personal manifestation to assume an important public responsibility to render public service. An absentee applicant would not augur well for this purpose.

However, for ease of doing business, LTFRB allows the filing through a representative, but limited to specific family members or next of kin, who are allowed to appear in the hearing for the application of CPC. The issue of representation becomes paramount especially when there are complaints filed by passengers or third party against the absentee-applicant, in relation to franchise violations.

On issues regarding bank conformity, Transport Network Companies (TNCs) previously did not disclose that the vehicles were for public transport, which is a clear violation of bank rules.

Nevertheless, the DOTr-LTFRB went the extra mile then, and interceded in the loan application of CPC applicants through coordination with the banks, for those who were in the system of Grab and Uber at that time. New applicants, however, will have to take the official route of loan application, as should be the proper course.

Acquiring a franchise to operate as a public transport is a privilege, as it carries the responsibility and accountability of safely and securely transporting the commuting public to destinations. As such, the government must ascertain that the applicant is qualified and able to assume the duty of public transport service.

The DOTr-LTFRB does not wish to deprive opportunities for livelihood to applicants. The process, however, must comply with the level of accountability to the riding public especially in moments of conflict and accident. The safety, security and convenience of the commuting public are, indeed, paramount concern for government.

The DOTr-LTFRB is more than willing to grant a CPC or PA to units that have diligently completed the requirements. It is a two-way street.

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