MANILA - Uber, GrabCar and other app-based private vehicles conveying passengers may soon operate legally in the country.
But first the transport network companies (TNC) have to get a certificate of accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). They can start applying for accreditation in June.
The LTFRB's memorandum circulars require the new category of public vehicles to go submit legal documentary requirements to secure a franchise before they can start operating.
Just like other public utility vehicles, they will have to comply to the insurance requirements, issue electronic receipts to passengers and screen its drivers and display his/her ID.
They will also have to put a "trade dress" or a distinctive signage on the car to distinguish them from private vehicles.
An accreditation fee of P10,000 will be paid before the application. The certification of accreditation is valid for two years.
The Transportation Network Vehicle Service or the app-based private vehicles conveying passengers will also have to secure a Certificate of Public Convenience or a separate franchise from the TNC. The car owner will have to pay a filing fee of P510 for the first two applied units.
Upon application, they will be given 4 to 5 days provisional authority to operate, provided that they have a photocopy of the submitted passenger insurance policy. The franchise will be valid for a year.
One of the memos also states that only the sedans, Asian utility vehicle, sports utility vehicle and vans are allowed to secure a franchise. Passengers are also limited to seven.
Both TNCs and TNVS are required to register at BIR.
But LTFRB warned that if these new categories of public transportation fail to comply, they will be apprehended.
It will be the first in the world outside California where these transport service providers will be regulated.