The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has denied all motions filed by transport group 1-United Transport Koalisyon (1-UTAK) against the operations and issuance of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) to Transport Network Companies (TNCs) and Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) Uber and Grab for lack of merit.
In a consolidated order, the LTFRB board dismissed 1-UTAK’s petition for the Cancelation of Accreditation of Uber Systems Inc., Omnibus Opposition to All Applications for TNVS, Motion to Suspend Provisional Authorities and Motion for Inhibition in the disposal of both the petitions for cancelation of Uber’s application.
In their petition, the transport group alleged that Department Order (DO) 2015-11, which stipulates rules and regulations in operations of TNVS and TNC, violates the constitutional right of equal protection of other public utility vehicles (PUVs) covered by the moratorium.
The petition said while the PUVs had to seek LTFRB’s approval of for any adjustment of fares and additional charges, TNCs and TNVS can dictate and adjust their fares without any limitation.
The PUVs, it added, also need to secure a route measure capacity before applying for a new franchise, whereas TNVS only need accreditation of a TNC to secure one.
Uber, in its response to the petition, said the DO should be presumed valid until nullified by higher courts and the LTFRB had no jurisdiction to determine constitutionality.
Uber and Grab, on the other hand, said 1-Utak had no legal standing to oppose the TNC’s application and accreditation.
“We gave both parties ample time to air their pleas and contentions, and the board decided to make a disposition that would promote better mobility and to the benefit the riding public,” LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said in a statement.
The board, Ginez noted, promotes healthy competition and pushes for the PUVs to improve the quality of their services.
“PUV operators and transport groups should welcome the challenge and competition for better public transport service, which would serve the best interest of the public’s safety and convenience,” he said.