By Alexandria San Juan
A group of ride-sharing operators and drivers is urging transport regulators to issue a “favorable decision” on the demands and concerns they raised for the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) community.
Jun De Leon, spokesman of Laban TNVS, a network of TNVS drivers and operators, said they were “keeping keen eyes and ears” on every move of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFFRB) in making a decision, particularly on the issuance of moratorium on the apprehension of units with incomplete requirements.
“We hope LTFRB chair Delgra and the rest of the Board officials will keep their word and will consider the best interests of TNVS operators and drivers in coming up with a decision that will ensure our safe operations, faster and efficient application process, acceptance of TNVS hatchback units, and trimming down of its problematic requirements,” De Leon said.
The group reiterated its call to the agency on Friday through the TNVS transport protest caravan staged from the People Power Monument to the LTFRB head office and to the House of Representatives (HOR).
Laban TNVS said that at least a hundred drivers, whose cars were clad in black ribbons and placards, joined the protest caravan which was held in time with the scheduled announcement of LTFRB on its decisions concerning the demands of TNVS operators and drivers.
In a dialogue initiated by the LTFRB last Tuesday, Delgra insisted that allowing “colorum” TNVS providers to operate may cause problems in accordance with their “anti-colorum drive.”
However, he said that the Board will decide before the weekend if it will continue to apprehend drivers without fully-complied requirements.
The group aired dismay over the outcome of the dialogue held last Tuesday, saying that it did not resolve any of the demands of TNVS peers and of the riding public.
Meanwhile, De Leon hinted of more protest actions in the coming days if the LTFRB continued to implement their so-called “pahirap policies.”
“Our transport holiday last July 8 and today’s (Friday) transport protest caravan will not end here until he (Delgra) remains firm on implementing its pahirap and ‘paasa’ policies against us. Protests will continue if the decision they will release decisions that will not benefit,” De Leon added.