LTFRB to Open 5,000 Additional TNVS Slots Within the Month
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will open an additional 5,000 franchise slots for Transportation Network Networking Services (TNVS) operators within the month, LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III announced during a meeting with representatives of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) yesterday, Tuesday, July 16.
The LTFRB had opened a total of 40,000 franchise slots for TNVS operators, 10,000 of which were opened in August 2018, 20,000 in December 2018, and 10,000 last June 2019.
Concerns clarified and actions taken during the meeting include the following:
In the meeting, the LTFRB stood pat on rejecting new applications involving hatchback vehicles. The agency reiterated that only hatchbacks that are in the 55,000 master list provided by TNCs will be allowed to operate until 2021, to operate only in Metro Manila and charge lower fares. After 2021, hatchback owners should transition to sedan-type compliant units.
In addition, the LTFRB will conduct regular audits of the daily operations of TNCs to determine the actual number of active members, the number of bookings during a certain hour and on a certain day, canceled bookings, and supply versus demand during peak hours.
The meeting with TNCs was a follow-up to the dialogue between the agency and TNVS operators on July 9 to discuss TNVS concerns.
In addition, the LTFRB briefed TNC representatives about the interim Provisional Authority (PA) to be given to TNVS operators so they can operate, and about the implementation of Task Force Backlog wherein an additional 3-4 days a week and two Saturdays in a month are scheduled for hearings on applications and more personnel have been hired to help the agency process TNVS applications.
TNC representatives suggested assisting TNVS operators in preparing and securing supporting documents for their applications but the Board preferred that TNVS operators submit and go through the application process themselves.
Aside from posting it on the LTFRB website, the Board will furnish TNCs with the list of issued PAs, dismissed applications, and notices of hearings so that TNCS can help the agency disseminate information to concerned TNVS operators after some operators had complained that they did not receive word about their scheduled hearing or that their application had been dismissed.
The LTFRB will also address other problems that may arise in the issuance of the notice of hearing, resetting of hearing and schedule of hearing.
With regard to the bank conformity requirement, Delgra asked TNC representatives to assist TNVS operators in securing the document.