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Brace for TNVS booking woes as drivers stage ‘transport holiday’

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 08:34 AM July 08, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of  transport network vehicle services (TNVS) drivers staged a “transport holiday” Monday morning by suspending operations and going offline from their ride-sharing platforms starting 6 a.m. to protest government policies affecting their operations.

Drivers and operators trooped to the Quezon City Memorial Circle where they simultaneously went offline and staged a noise barrage.

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Around 30,000 drivers are expected to join the transport holiday, Jun de Leon, chairman of the Metro Manila Hatchback Community, earlier said in a radio interview.

The transport holiday serves as a protest against the stringent, punishing policies of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

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The TNVS community is likewise protesting the refusal of the LTFRB to implement its Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchbacks as TNVS units supposedly due to safety issues.

Drivers and operators will also hold a protest caravan and are also set to file a case against the LTFRB before the Office of the Ombudsman.

READ: Deactivated TNVS hatchback drivers to file charges vs LTFRB before Ombudsman

The protest action will be until 6 p.m.

The LTFRB has scheduled a dialogue with TNVS drivers and operators a day after the transport holiday, to address the issues raised. (Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)

READ: LTFRB sets dialogue with TNVS drivers, operators on July 9

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