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LTFRB opens up 7,870 slots for Transport Network Vehicle Service

In a bid to help the public transportation situation

Will having additional TNVS units on the road help with our public transportation woes? PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

With the economy opening up, we’re seeing the public transportation sector become strained with the increasing demand for public transportation. To help alleviate this, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has opened 7,870 slots for Transport Network Vehicle Service, which includes the likes of Grab, Angkas and JoyRide.

Of these 7,870 slots, 7,000 will be allocated to the National Capital Region, 220 will be in Region III, 500 will go to Region V, and 150 will be assigned to Region VI.

If you’re applying within Metro Manila (or the Central Office), just know that these slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will need to head to this website and provide your complete details to get a reference number (and confirmation e-mail). For regional offices, applicants must visit the LTFRB offices, where the Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office will be the one to set the schedules of applications per batch.

Take note that the vehicle used for applying for a TNVS must not be older than three years since its purchase. If it’s under mortgage, the owner must show a Certificate of Conformity from the bank/financial institution.

If the applicant cannot file the application personally, his/her spouse or direct child can represent them as long as they have a Special Power of Attorney with a valid government ID of the applicant and the lawyer. Their lawyer can also apply, but they need an Entry of Appearance form.

While most of the new TNVS vehicles will be GrabCars, expect new motorcycles to show up as well. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

If you’re curious about what you’ll need for applying, here are the following requirements:

  • Four (4) copies of the verified application (from the LTFRB website)
  • A photocopy of the car/motorcycle’s official receipt/certificate of registration (OR/CR), or certificate of conformity
  • Proof of Filipino citizenship (birth certificate, passport, voter’s ID, or any government-issued ID showing the citizenship)

The Formal Offer of Evidence must also be presented at least five days before or earlier, which includes the following requirements:

  • Proof of existence of garage: a Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) or Tax Declaration if the applicant owns the garage. If the owner has none, the TCT/Tax Declaration with Notarized Lease of Contract or Authority to Use and the owner’s ID;
  • Proof of financial capability. Proof of P20,000 bank deposit per unit;
  • A 5R photo of the unit to be used, including front, back and side (with a newspaper published on the day the photos were taken);
  • DTI Business Name Registration;
  • BIR Certificate of Registration (for joining the transport service or proof of filing);
  • Certificate of Accreditation from the LTFRB-accredited Transport Network Company (TNC);
  • NBI and Police Clearance of the authorized driver;
  • Proof of Publication;
  • Affidavit of Publication;
  • Copies of Publication; and
  • Affidavit of Attestation that proves the authenticity of submitted documents.

Once complete, the Central Office (or the RFRO in other regions) will give the applicant Provisional Authority and will allow him/her to pick a Transport Network Company of choice.

The TNC will then validate the application, and applicants with a complete and validated application with a Personal Passenger Insurance Policy will be accredited by the TNC. During the scheduled hearing, the applicant (or representative) and the TNC must be present. Otherwise, the application will be canceled.

If you want more details (or to read the bulletin in Filipino), you can check out the LTFRB’s post.

Admittedly, while having more TNVS vehicles on the road is one way to tackle increased demand (and to help generate additional jobs and income), having an extra 7,000 vehicles on the road is not the best course of action with our increasingly congested city roads.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.