DOTr orders LTFRB to allow hatchback ride-share units to operate

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18)— The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday ordered the public transport regulator to allow hatchback ride-hailing units to operate, but with certain conditions.

In a statement, the agency said Secretary Arthur Tugade has instructed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to enforce Memorandum Circular 2018-005, which will halt the hatchback ban with certain conditions.

“Implement the existing MC until such time that the same is modified and/or amended,” Tugade said.

Kung kailangang baguhin ang ilang dokumento, baguhin. Kung kailangang i-improve, dapat i-improve,” he added.

[Translation: If we need to change some documents, then let’s do so. If we need to improve something, then let’s improve.]

Under the order, all accredited hatchback units will be allowed to operate as public transport only for three years, and only in Metro Manila. Hatchback drivers will also be required to charge a lower fare.

The department further said only hatchback units that were among the 55,000 units in the master list and whose applications were filed from March 5 to December 15, 2018 are entitled to the benefit granted under the new circular.

The transport regulator has been in hot water recently due to its seeming “discrimination” against hatchbacks, which are smaller four-door cars.

Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Mark Richmund De Leon said LTFRB will need to amend the memorandum circular to allow the permanent classification of hatchbacks as Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) units.