Despite the transportation woes of passengers against abusive taxi drivers, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is sending a strong message to the more commuter-friendly online transport systems, ‘secure your permits before starting operations.’

Just yesterday, the LTFRB issued a Php 200,000 fine on the owner of a Transport Network Vehicle (TNV) with plate number PIG 435 for operating without a permit, disqualified the registered owner of the vehicle from ever operating a public land transportation unit and impounded the vehicle for three months.

"All TNVS that intent to offer public transport services using online-based technology services must meet and comply with the government's transport law in ensuring that only public vehicles with legitimate franchise can transport passengers in our roads. We have to foremost ensure the convenience and safety of the riding public, as well as prevent more PUVs on the road that would only contribute to traffic congestion," said LTFRB Chairman Atty. Winston Ginez via a statement.

This sentence comes after a thorough investigation of the apprehension of Rainier Justine Z. dela Paz last August 15, 2015 by a group composed of members of the LTFRB and Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducting a sting operation versus online transport services.

Operating under Tripda (a site offering a service similar to Uber and Grabcar), Dela Paz was booked for a trip from C5 to Marikina through the site by an Inter-Agency Liaison Officer.

Along Sumulong Hi-way, Dela Paz was asked by his 'passenger' to stop right in front of the apprehending team.

Unable to present a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) and the permit to operate as Public Utility Vehicle (PUV), Dela Paz was immediately apprehended and the vehicle was branded as ‘colorum’ and brought to the LTO Central Office for impounding.

Currently, only GrabCar and Uber are the only ride sharing Transport Network Companies (TNC) duly registered with the LTFRB to offer services under the recently added Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) classification. Tripda is backed by German tech giant, Rocket Internet, which operates e-commerce websites in the Philippines as well.