MANILA, Aug. 11 (PNA) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Tuesday it is giving ride-sharing service Uber until Aug. 20 to secure a franchise under a new transport category before it starts to be cracked down and treated as “colorum” vehicles.
If Uber does not register before Aug. 20, this offense carries a PhP 200,000 fine under the LTFRB-LTO (Land Transportation Office) Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01.
Uber falls under the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) transportation network vehicle service or TNVs category.
To recall, four categories were developed to modernize the country’s transport services.
Aside from TNVs, the other categories are premium taxi, airport bus, and bus rapid transit. These categories began implementation last May.
However, Uber, among other similar ride-sharing services that are app-based, has yet to secure accreditation at the LTFRB.
Vehicles under the TNVs category will be required to install global positioning system (GPS) devices screen. The drivers will also be required to issue e-receipts and secure passenger insurances under the LTFRB.
TNV vehicles should not be older than seven years. Only sedans, Asian Utility Vehicles, Sports Utility Vehicles, vans, or similar vehicles will be allowed. (PNA)