Vince Pornelos / Vince Pornelos | January 29, 2018 16:00
DOTr orders a review of the provisions of MC 2018-003
Did the 45,000 limit for TNVS units in Metro Manila surprise you? Fret not because that number will be adjusted, depending on the results of a review.
In a statement by the Department of Transportation, Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to review the provisions in Memorandum Circular 2018-003; the MC that has set the limit of TNVS units available in Metro Manila to 45,000 all in all.
The statement further stressed the DOTr Secretary's directive that their policies “be anchored in the spirit of good governance and compassion, in order to better serve the interest of all stakeholders, most especially the commuting public.”
There has been much social media uproar over the limit set by the LTFRB on TNVS units which is known as the common supply base. Transport Network Companies such as Grab and Uber will have to share drivers from that 45,000 unit limit set for Metro Manila, along with 500 in Metro Cebu and 200 in Pampanga.
The statement said that the LTFRB and their parent agency, the DOTr, will be monitoring the number of booking requests that the TNCs will get, particularly the served and unserved booking requests. The agencies will also be keeping an eye on factors such as number coding, maintenance schedules and the working hours of drivers.
The DOTr assured the public that the results of the review of the actual data to be sent in by the TNCs such as Grab, Uber, and U-Hop will be the basis of the adjustments. Depending on what the agency sees on the data to be submitted, the LTFRB will alter the TNVS limits accordingly.