• Uber files for transport accreditation at LTFRB

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    Three days before the August 20 deadline, mobile app-based ride-booking service provider, Uber Technologies Inc. (Uber) filed its Application for Accreditation as a Transport Network Co. (TNC) before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

    LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez announced news of Uber’s application in a post on Twitter Monday.

    The LTFRB last week issued a stern reminder to all transport network companies (TNCs) and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) to comply with the agency’s Memorandum Circulars (MCs) or face penalties.

    “We are encouraging all TNCs and TNVS to comply with the Board’s MCs or face apprehension and penalty for operating without the legitimate franchise to transport passengers,” LTFRB chairman Ginez had warned.

    Ginez said TNCs and TNVS are required to comply with the Board’s MCs issued in May, pointing out that all were previously published in newspapers of general circulation and posted on LTFRB’s website.

    The four different MCs include rules and regulations governing accreditation of TNCs (MC 2015-015); terms and conditions of the Certificate of Transportation Network Company Accreditation (MC 2015-016); implementing guidelines for the application process for would-be operators of TNVS (MC 2015-017); and the terms and conditions of the TNVS certificate of public convenience allowing operations (MC 2015-018).

    The agency reminded operators that non-compliance with the circulars are subject to a fine of P200,000 per vehicle and three months’ impoundment as stipulated in the DOTC-LTFRB-LTO Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 entitled “Revised Schedule of Fines and Penalties for Violations of Laws, Rules and Regulations Governing Land Transportation.”

    TNCs such as Uber and GrabCar offering online-enabled transport services a s well as their individual partner vehicles are required to for accreditation with LTFRB.

    Earlier this year, Uber commended the LTFRB and DOTC in taking the initiative to coordinate with Uber and other mobile app-based ride-booking service providers in updating the country’s transport regulations.

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