Ride-sharing drivers to stage 'transport holiday' next week

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2019 08:19 AM

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A group of ride-sharing drivers will hold a transport holiday starting July 8 to protest alleged inconsistencies in their application for registration, their leader said Thursday. 

Around 1,200 drivers allegedly lost their jobs after regulators deactivated some hatchbacks as ride-sharing units, said Jun De Leon, chairman of the Metro Manila Hatchback TNVS Community. 

"Namimili po sila... Hindi ko po alam kung bakit iyung iba hatchback ay tinatanggap nila, samantalang iyung iba ay hindi nila tinatanggap 'pag nag-apply ng provisional authority," he told radio DZMM. 

(They are being selective. I don't know why they approve some hatchbacks and disapprove others when the drivers apply for provisional authority.) 

Transportation Network Companies or TNCs refer to ride-hailing platforms like Grab, while their partner-drivers are referred to as Transport Network Vehicle Service or TNVS by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. 

"Nakakatawa nga sila (LTFRB), 'pag ang hatchback private, safe iyan. 'Pag ginamit mo sa TNVS, hindi na safe," De Leon told radio DZMM. 

(They are hilarious. When a hatchback is for private use, it's safe. But if you use it as TNVS, it's not safe.) 

Drivers plan to go offline from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Monday, said De Leon. The protest will last indefinitely, he said.

"Magpapatuloy po ito hanggang sinasabotahe, binabababoy ng LTFRB iyung sistema nila," he said. 

(This will continue as long as LTFRB sabotages its own system.) 

DZMM, July 4, 2019