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DOTr approval of hatchbacks as TNVS a ‘positive step’ in resolving issues — Poe

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 08:58 AM July 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) order to allow hatchback-type vehicles to operate as transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units is a “positive step” towards resolving issues on TNVS operations, Senator Grace Poe said Friday.

Poe made the remark after Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to implement Memorandum Circular (MC) 2018-005 which allows hatchbacks to operate as TNVS units on certain conditions.

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READ: DOTr to LTFRB : Allow hatchbacks to operate as TNVS units

“We thank Secretary Tugade for his sound judgment in instructing the LTFRB to adhere to an existing memorandum that permits hatchback cars to be used as TNVS,” Poe said in a statement.

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“This is a positive step towards resolving the issues surrounding TNVS operation,” he added.

The senator also urged the LTFRB and TNVS drivers and operators to “engage in more productive dialogues” to further address other issues for the “smooth operation” of transport network companies and the convenience of commuters.

“At the Senate, we have refiled the bill that would put in place a law governing TNVS operations, and will continue to push for its passage,” Poe said.

“Our overarching goal is to give the riding public more options for safe and comfortable travels,” she added.

Hatchback drivers and operators have been decrying the LTFRB’s refusal to implement the MC, which led to their deactivation from ride-hailing platforms.

Poe earlier called on the LTFRB to consider lifting the deactivation of TNVS units that had failed to comply with the requirements.  /muf

READ: Poe tells LTFRB: Give chance to deactivated TNVS cars

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