House panel wants suspension of Uber, GrabCars and others

House Committee on Transportation Technical Working Group presided by Batangas 2nd District Representative Raneo Abu recommended the suspension of the implementation of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Department Order (DO) 2015-11 and the operation of the Transportation Network Vehicles Services (TNVS) and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber, GrabCars and others until such time that they have complied with government regulation requirements.

Pending compliance, Abu said Uber and the likes are clearly classified as “colorum,” hence, he questioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) why it has not apprehended these illegal vehicles.

DOTC DO 2015-11 recognizes new forms of transportation services such as the TNCs, which include Uber, GrabCars and EasyCars, to promote mobility and modernize and improve transport services.

“Why are they being allowed to operate when they are only listed as system developer? They are not certified transport services,” Nueva Ecija 1st District Representative Estrellita Suansing said.

LTFRB acting director Robert Peig, Uber representative Atty. Donemark Calimon and Bryan Cu of GrabCars agreed that drivers of TNCs and TNVS should be held liable for offenses and violations committed. They also agreed that TNCs and TNVS have tax obligations.

For the protection of the public, vehicle owners and drivers must be registered with the TNCs according to them. Peig said the responsibilities and obligations of TNVS are found in MC 2015-18 and that TNVS have the same liabilities as any public utility operator.