The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is holding a consultation workshop with representatives of various transport network companies (TNCs) and taxi operators this week to discuss guidelines and policies in regulating transport network and vehicle services (TNS/TNV).
The workshop with TNCs is scheduled Tuesday at 2pm and with taxi operators and the public on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, also at 2pm. Both consultations will be held in the Board’s main office in Quezon City.
“Nais po naming marinig ang panig ng iba’t ibang sector ng transportasyon at ng publiko bago po kami magpatupad ng regulasyon na magbibigay ng permiso at accreditation sa mga transport network companies na mag-operate ng transportation network vehicle service,” LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said.
Ginez said the Board is holding the workshop in response to the increasing preference and clamor of the riding public to allow private transport operators offer online-enabled transportation services.
A series of crack down on these operators late last year resulted in the apprehension of several private car owners operating without a permit or franchise from the Board.
“The Board is open to embracing 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 network services,” Ginez added.
Expected to be discussed during the two-day workshop include policy papers on:
-Transportation Network Service as a New Mode of Service for Public Land Transportation and Accreditation of Transportation Network Companies;
-Terms and Conditions of a Certificate of Transportation Network Company Accreditation;
-Rules and Regulations to Govern the Accreditation of Transportation Network Companies;
-Implementing Guidelines for the Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience to Operate a Transportation Network Vehicle Service; and
-Terms and Conditions of a Certificate of Public Convenience to Operate a Transportation Network Vehicle Service
Among the salient points that will be tackled during the public consultation include:
-obligations of accredited TNCs to offer online-enabled services with rate structure approved by the Board including total fare and range by distance or time,
-comprehensive screening and background check of TNC drivers and proper identification displayed in accredited vehicles,
-compliance of TNCs on insurance requirements to protect the riding public in the event of an accident, and
-issuance of electronic receipts to passengers approved by the Internal Revenue, either by email or text message.
“Bottomline is we want to ensure the public’s safety and convenience by issuing CPCs only to qualified TNCs/TNVs who will meet the requirements that the Board will set based on the result of this workshop,” Ginez said. PNA