DOTC officially recognizes app-based transport services
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has announced that it will publish this week new categories of public transport conveyances as well as regulations which recognizes and allows app-based transport services like Uber to operate in the country.
According to DOTC, app-based services offered by Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber will be given the classification of Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS). Only sedans, Asian Utility Vehicles (AUV), Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), vans, or other similar vehicles will be allowed to operate. These vehicles are required to have global positioning system (GPS) tracking and navigation devices for convenient and safer services, and a maximum age limit of seven years.
The regulation will also require operators to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) for every vehicle to ensure accountability, and that drivers must be screened and accredited by the TNCs and registered with the LTFRB.
The DOTC has also created a new classification for Premium Taxis. These taxis are equipped with GPS, has online and smartphone booking capability, 7-year age limit, and cashless transactions through credit or debit card payments.
“We view technological innovation as a driver for progress, especially in transportation where it can provide safer and more convenient commuting options to the public. App-based transport services help address the increasing demand for mobility spurred by rapid urbanization,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.
“Today, the Philippines has officially become the first country to create a national dedicated framework for ridesharing. This first-of-its-kind order is a shining example of how collaboration between government and industry can advance urban mobility, create new economic opportunity and put rider safety first.” said Mr David Plouffe, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Uber Technologies.