The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Friday it is ready to embrace new technology that can improve public land transport and promote public safety.
“The board is ready to embrace new technology that can improve public land transportation and promote safety of the public, but we also have an obligation to exercise our duty to regulate public services,” said lawyer Winston Ginez, LTFRB chairman.
He said LTFRB is inviting transport groups and other interested parties to a public hearing on Monday, November 24 to discuss and update regulations to accommodate tech-based transportation services that use private vehicles to render transport service.
Among those that were invited to the public hearing were Uber, GrabTaxi, Easy Taxi, Tripid, and Tripda, all of which are smartphone-based taxi-booking or ride-sharing services. Except for Tripid, the rest already operate in various countries.
The public hearing will be held at the LTFRB’s central office in Quezon City.
Earlier this week, the House committees on transportation and Metro Manila development held a joint meeting to address concerns about some of the vehicles engaged by users of these transport apps which operate without the required authority from the LTFRB.
The committees urged LTFRB to study if new information technology solutions can be adopted by current public transport providers to improve their services.