Taxi drivers rejoice: Batocabe moves to regulate Grab, Uber

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AKO Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe think it’s about time the government regulate popular online-based ride-sharing platforms Grab and Uber.

Batocabe filed House Bill 4891 or the “Transportation Network Service Act,” which seeks to classify Transport Network Vehicles as a public utility under the regulation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“With the emergence of online-enabled transportation services that connect transportation mediums and passengers, the government should take action to make sure that the safety of the riders and drivers is guaranteed at all times” the politiko said.

If this legislative measure is passed into law, stringent guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety of the passengers and standardize the regulation of these ride-sharing platforms.

“Furthermore, the added platforms of public transportation would compel existing taxi operators to improve their services. It would likewise decongest roads by encouraging car owners to leave their vehicles at home and use a Grab or Uber, instead,” Batocabe noted.

Under the proposed measure, transport network companies are directed to apply for accreditation to operate, subject for renewal every two years. Drivers would also need to comply the prescribed requirements before operating their vehicles and cater to the riders.

The proposed legislative measure would prohibit Transport Network Companies from evading liability and escaping accountability when issues arise between riders and passengers.

Transport Network Companies are also required to keep records of the electronic receipts from the transactions between drivers and riders. This shall be the basis for the taxes to be imposed upon operators to be collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.