LTFRB cuts down TNVS units nationwide

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) — From over 125,000 down to 45,000.

That's how much the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board decreased the number of Transport Network Vehicles Service units plying the roads in Metro Manila.

According to LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2018-03 released Thursday, the number of cars under Transport Network Companies (TNC) Grab, which has about 55,000 units, and Uber, with about 70,000 units, will be capped to only 45,000.

LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada said, however, 45 to 50 percent of the registered units are "dual citizens," or those that switch between Grab and Uber.

The memorandum, which will take effect on Feb. 3, also capped the number of TNVS units in Cebu to 500, and in Pampanga to 200.

"The numbers we arrived at were based on the data given to us by both TNCs, considering yung dual citizenship, part time, full time, number of bookings, as well as yung mga churning rate," Lizada said.

She added the data is reviewed every three months to promptly reflect those who do not operate anymore.

"We have steered away from the exclusivity ng mga TNVS. So if you are granted a franchise of a TNVS, pwede ho kaying magpa-accredit sa lahat," Lizada said.

The memorandum added the agency will only accept vehicles that are three years old from the date of manufacture, with a maximum age limit of seven years.

The age limit, however, will not be applied to vehicles that will pass the Motor Vehicle Inspection System.

The LTFRB earlier said they also plan to remove the accreditation of small or compact cars and hatchbacks as part of its safety regulations.