Anti-red tape agency orders LTFRB to issue permits for TNVS units

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — An anti-red tape agency on Wednesday ordered the transport regulator to issue documents required for transport network vehicle service units to operate.

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) ordered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to do so in line with the Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018, to deem all pending and completed applications between July 7 and July 24 approved. It also asked for a list of these TNVS applications.

"This declaration is made in view of the various complaints received by the Authority that there are numerous pending applications with requirements and are just awaiting the the issuance of their respective certificates of public convenience (CPCs)," the order read.

Under the LTFRB's implementing rules, TNVS operators and drivers must secure CPCs or provisional authorities to operate. The ARTA also ordered LTFRB to release these immediately.

The LTFRB was also directed to review and revise its Citizen's Charter to factor in ARTA's recommendations. The charter -- to be submitted in 20 days after the LTFRB receives the order -- should include processing time and documentary requirements specific to TNVS applications, the order added.

Grab users have had a harder time hailing vehicles after at least 8,000 drivers who have yet to provide proof of provisional authority to operate by June 10 were deactivated.

CNN Philippines is reaching to LTFRB officials for comment.