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The LTFRB Is Being Urged By Some Grab Drivers To Rethink Hatchback Cars

GRAB DRIVERS – Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers from Grab Service company urged LTFRB to reconsider hatchback cars.

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Photo taken from Metro News Central

In a previous report, the private transit authority reported last Monday that it will terminate 8000 driver accounts without proof of provisional authority from LTFRB.

Metro Manila Hatchback Community (MMHC) members are planning to present a class-action lawsuit to the Quezon City Trial Court (QCRTC) soon to contest LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular 2018-005.

It was stated in the Memorandum Circular 2018-005, that Grab-accredited units that identify as hatchback vehicles are to be accepted until 2021. The units are also permitted to operate within Metro Manila considering that they apply lower fare rates.

Other than that, they were also prohibited to apply for a franchise and LTFRB provisional authority.

Because of this, when the planned termination was carried, 1225 hatchback service units were included in the 8000 units that are deactivated for “colorum”.

It was, however, stated by The Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP) that the state’s transportation board has no solid basis to bypass their currently existing memo considering there is no new official memo or order.

In addition to this, the agency’s remarks questioning the safety standards of hatchback vehicles had no valid foundation since there were no studies and statistical researches provided to support their claims.

The drivers, in response, also expressed their dismay towards the LTFRB due to the conflict of their policies. The conflict reportedly affected drivers who have considered the job as a primary source of income.

This is according to an article from News5.

In support with their campaign, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) also supported the MMHC since it can be observed recently that some OFWs who have retired, also considered TNVS.

These groups are now calling the LTFRB to give hatchback vehicles a chance.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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