LTFRB orders Grab, Uber to submit list of accredited operators

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(CNN Philippines, July 17) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered transport network companies Grab and Uber to submit a list of accredited operators.

Starting July 27, only drivers and operators in the lists submitted by Grab Philippines, Uber Philippines, and U-Hop will be allowed to offer ride-sharing and ride-hailing services.

Accredited operators are those with approved Certificate of Convenience (CPC) and Provisional Authorities (PA).

READ: LTFRB: Grab and Uber drivers can keep working – if they have papers

Violating operators will be arrested and will be fined as much as P120,000, and their cars will be impounded for at least three months.

On July 11, the  LTFRB had slapped a ₱5 million fine against Grab and Uber after they found the two transport network companies committed several violations, the biggest being colorum or illegal operation.

READ: LTFRB fines Grab, Uber ₱5 million each for violations

Grab reported that out of roughly 28,000 drivers, only about 4,000 of them have a provisional authority (PA) or certificate of public convenience (CPC), authorizing their operations.

Officials also found several discrepancies in Uber's records, with names of some of its drivers either unidentical to those registered in LTFRB, or not registered at all.

The LTFRB stopped granting applications for CPCs in July 2016.

But the Philippine Transport Network Organization – composed of 12,000 driver and operator-partners of ride-hailing applications – is set to file a position paper before the Department of Transportation.

"We would appeal to LTFRB to come up with a mechanism, maybe a provisional guideline on how they can cater service and accept the application," the group's lawyer, Kenneth Tui, said.

With 12,000 driver-operator members,. at least 80 percent of them are not yet accredited and have pending application for accreditation.

CNN Philippines tried getting LTFRB officials for a statement, with no response as of press time.