A lot of controversies have surrounded the application process of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) units with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) since last year. Now, the Board is being ordered by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) to explain the delays involving the application process.
ARTA sent a ‘Notice to Explain’ to LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra in light of the delays in the issuance of provisional authority documents and certificates of public convenience to TNVS applicants. The regulatory agency will then have three days to submit a formal explanation. “Your written explanation shall form part of the records of the Authority and shall be determinative of the Authority’s next course of action,” the notice read.
“We will reply within the period given and cite the changes we have put in place,” Delgra responded in a statement.
The ARTA also questioned the LTFRB for a number of “alleged irregularities,” including its failure to properly implement Memorandum Circular 2018-005 and allow hatchbacks to operate as TNVS units. The Board has subsequently received continuous criticism, especially in recent months, for allegedly imposing ‘pahirap policies’ on the TNVS community.
We can expect an official response from the Board regarding this in the coming days, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, share with us your thoughts on the matter through the comments section.