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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, July 6, 2019
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Ride-hailing drivers seek
Duterte help on franchise
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

 

Ride-hailing drivers and operators in Bacolod City have asked the help of President Rodrigo Duterte on their franchise application following the alleged inefficiency of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

In a press conference yesterday at Bob’s Restaurant, the 44 members of the Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), led by its spokesperson, Vincent Errol Dreyfus, scored the number of requirements and processing required by LTFRB on their application for a franchise, including the renewal of their Certificate of Public Conveyance.

Aside from Duterte, they also asked the help of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, and Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade on their predicament.

“The TNVS community here has waited for so long for LTFRB to act on our application so we can legitimize our operation in the city,” Dreyfus said.

He said all the CPC of the ride-hailing drivers in Bacolod that was approved by the LTFRB had expired since April last year.

He said Bacolod is the pioneer city in the country served by the TNVS. “The local commuters here have patronized the TNVS as their means of mobility, being the safest, affordable and newer mode of transportation,” he added.

“It is high time that we voice out our plight and worries against LTFRB to the President and also to Senator Bong Go whom we have supported,” he said, adding they don't know why LTFRB gave them a hard time in processing their franchise, which is necessary for them to obtain other regulatory permits within their area of operation.

He said many of them are relying on their livelihood in the TNVS operation, adding they are asking LTFRB to allow them to operate and to grant a cap of 500 slots for the ride-hailing drivers.

Meanwhile, the ride-hailing drivers in the city will not join Monday's "transport holiday" in Manila, as TNVS drivers there also expressed concerns over the LTFRB policies.*

 

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