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LTFRB: Uber, Grabcar may be allowed airport pickups if accredited with DOT

LTFRB: Uber, Grabcar may be allowed airport pickups if accredited with DOT image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Uber, GrabTaxi | posted August 27, 2015 13:21

Accreditation with the DOT and following MIAA standards may grant such services access to airports

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is optimistic that the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will soon allow Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) like Uber and GrabCar to pick up passengers at NAIA and other airpots.

In a statement released on the agency's official Twitter account, the LTFRB stated that like some airports in the United States, they are hoping that the MIAA will keep up with the fast-paced world and allow TNVS vehicles to ferry passengers from the airports as long as they comply with the safety and security standards put up by the airport authority.

If the MIAA does allow such services to gain entry onto airports, such services must first be accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and secure airport clearances. The said clearances will also impose fines and penalties for violations of the terms and conditions of the airport concession agreement of its accredited transport operators.

In the end, the LTFRB declared that TNVS that are not partnered with MIAA or the airports themselves are still considered public utility vehicles. They must first adhere to the standards and security checks set by the MIAA before they are given authorization to pick up passengers.