Leaders of the House of Representatives advised the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to suspend issuing of franchises to transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and GrabCar until proper guidelines are established.

In a report by Philippine Star, Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo said that Congress should establish guidelines pertaining to the operation of TNCs in order to protect passengers from fare manipulation and harassment.

“It takes legislative approval to promulgate guidelines for the accreditation of TNCs, and the authority to provide the guidelines in the operation of TNCs is vested in Congress as provided in Department Order No. 2015-011 of the Department of Transportation and Communications,” Castelo said.

Castelo adds that “there should be a standard fare matrix for Uber and GrabCar services.”

Castelo said that the guidelines will regulate the number of TNCs to avoid congestion in Metro Manila streets.

“The measure will regulate the number of TNCs to avoid congestion in Metro Manila streets. We will see to it that all TNC vehicles will have garages to avoid street congestion on account of parallel parking,” Castelo said.

In addition, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian filed House Bill 6160 to protect passengers that avail the services of TNCs. The bill classifies TNCs as public utility vehicles and sets the “contract of carriage from the time a passenger makes a pre-arranged ride with the TNC” and ends when the passenger arrives at his/her destination.

It also requires TNCs to “disclose their fare calculation method” in their application service or website as well as provide a picture of the driver and the vehicle's plate number.

The bill also prohibits TNCs to accept drivers who have been convicted of reckless driving, driving without license or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs and evading arrest or detention.

The report adds that taxicabs, limousines and similar for-hire vehicles using digital networks for pre-arranged rides are covered by the bill.

Source: Philippine Star