LTFRB says it will apprehend GrabCar, Uber cars without permits

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The government said on Sunday, Aug. 23, that it will apprehend Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) vehicles without a provisional authority (PA) to operate.


Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Winston Ginez made the statement following reports that TNVS partners of ride-sharing services such as Uber or GrabCar will no longer be apprehended.

“We will apprehend TNVS (without) provisional authority,? Ginez said on his official Twitter account.

To recall, LTFRB last Aug. 20 awarded GrabCar and Uber partners their PAs to operate a TNVS after the agency approved both GrabCar?s and Uber?s application as a Transport Network Company (TNC) last week.

The agency gave ride-sharing service companies only until Aug. 20 to file accreditation and secure a franchise before they start treating them as ?colorum? vehicles.

Colorum vehicles carry a P200,000 fine under the LTFRB-LTO Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01.

Ginez further explained that although ridesharing service partners do not need to pull out their units, drivers need to have their PAs with them every time they operate as a TNVS.

He said that the PA is what enforcers will be looking for.

The LTFRB chief, meanwhile, urged TNVS partners to check with either Grab or Uber on the status of their applications. — PNA

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