LTFRB to launch anti-colorum drive vs. TNVS on Sept. 1

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is set to launch its operations against transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units that are operating without franchises.

“Effective Sept. 1, 2018, the LTFRB shall commence an intensive anti-colorum drive versus TNVS operating without authority from the Board,” the LTFRB said in a statement released to the media late Thursday.

The LTFRB has ordered all TNVS units included in the master list provided by transportation network companies to submit their applications and to secure the necessary provisional authority on or before August 31.

Starting Aug. 24, the Board will accept the online registration of TNVS applications for new certificates of public convenience (CPC) not included in the master list through the LTFRB website.

No application for TNVS franchises shall be received by the LTFRB unless the online registration is completed, including the date for the actual filing of the application.

The Board has noted that there were fewer applications for new CPCs for TNVS despite its order for the resumption of their acceptance last March.

The LTFRB prioritized applicants that were included in the master list submitted by Uber and Grab, which was the subject of an audit review during that time.

“Despite the call for application, the Board has taken note of the fact that there have been fewer applications for new CPCs for the primary reason TNVS owners have been unable or unwilling to file applications,” the LTFRB said.

To date, the LTFRB has received 21,878 TNVS applications for new CPCs, 13,816 units of which were issued with provisional authority and 4,925 were issued with CPC.

Last February, the LTFRB issued a memorandum setting the common supply base for TNVS units at 66,750 units nationwide. Aerol John Pateña/