Back in July, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officially allowed hatchbacks and even sub-compacts to operate as Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) permanently following Department Order No. 2019-013 issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Now, the agency has announced that they are continuing the implementation of accepting the 10,000 new TNVS applications which include hatchback and sub-compact models. The agency says that even prior to the DO's implementation, the Board has already directed its Technical Division to accept TNVS applications including hatchback units that went through the online registration process.

“The LTFRB would like to assure the public on the implementation of Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2019-042 Amending MC 2018-005 by Virtue of Department Order (DO) 2019-013 (Re: An Order Amending DO 2017-011 Allowing Hatchbacks and Sub-Compacts Units to Operate as Transportation Network Vehicle Services),” said the agency in a statement.

Before the DOTr's Department Order, hatchback and sub-compact owners were not allowed to be used a form of TNVS. Now, with these new models being accepted into service, it would give the riding public more choices to choose from as well as a more affordable way of going around Metro Manila.

“The LTFRB remains committed to its mandate of ensuring safe, comfortable and reliable transportation to Filipinos through the implementation of its rules and regulations and the conduct of transparent and accountable service to the public,” the LTFRB added.

So the next time you book a Grab, don't be surprised if a hatchback or a smaller sub-compact picks you up instead of the usual choices.