Senate hearing on LTFRB, Grab, Uber mess eyed

MANILA-- A senator on Wednesday said that he is planning to call for a public hearing to iron out the mess between the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and ride-sharing apps Grab and Uber after the former decided to disallow new applications from their drivers.

Sa away na ito, ang mga nagko-commute at mga driver ang pinakatalo (In this fight, commuters and drivers are the most affected). All parties must sit down and iron this out, Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said in a statement.

Aquino, like his colleagues, said that LTFRB and TNVS must find a way to compromise in terms of the process requirements in getting a franchise.

He reminded both LTFRB and TNVS that their primary concern should be the welfare of thousands of commuters who are relying on the innovative means of transportation.

The senator earlier filed Senate Bill No. 696 or the Rideshare Support Company Act, which aims to promote and encourage new, affordable and safe transportation options for the commuting public, like Grab and Uber.

His measure seeks to clarify regulations governing Transportation Network Companies, or Rideshare Support Companies (RSCs), as well as Rideshare Network Drivers and Vehicles.

Once approved, RSCs must obtain certificate of accreditation from LTFRB before getting an authority to onboard qualified Rideshare Network Driver (RND) after a thorough background check and submission of pertinent documents.

Qualified RNDs must also have a minimum PHP200,000 per passenger personal accident insurance by licensed Philippine insurer.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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