The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has made it clear it is only processing transport network vehicle service (TNVS) applications submitted within the July 2017 cut-off set in a previous memorandum circular.
In a press conference held earlier today, LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada stated that the agency will not be accepting or processing applications past the said deadline. "Cut-off niyan ay July 2017. We just want to make it clear, para hindi po natin maulit ang nangyari before, that we are not accepting new applications," she said.
According to Lizada, many who attend the LTFRB's briefings still express their intent to purchase new vehicles to use as TNVS. She warned them against this, saying that the government is not looking to add more cars to our roads.
"Baka marami bumili ng bagong sasakyan ngayon, may cut-off po tayo. So wag na po kayo bumili kasi marami umaatend sa aming mga briefings at may balak pa bumili ng kotse," Lizada said. "So claro lang po, please do not buy additional cars kasi ang pino-process po ay July 2017."
This may have some of you scratching your heads, as a post by the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) official Facebook page last January 26 stated the LTFRB will "now accept new transport network vehicle services applications starting on February 5, 2018!"
We reached out to the LTFRB for clarification. Regarding the post, Lizada says that the LTFRB has since been directed by DOTr head Arthur Tugade to only refer to what Grab and Uber submitted within the July 2017 deadline. She added that she will request the DOTr to take the post down to avoid further confusion.
So, what does this mean for applications which didn't make the cut? "Initially we will only work on the list submitted in July 2017. We need to sort it out and clarify as to how many exactly are existing on the list and are active. Then we will decide the next step. Right now, no new applicants," Lizada told us.
Soon, an independent auditor will begin working on the lists provided by Grab and Uber. This is to sort out data regarding dual citizens within the two companies' databases, active and inactive vehicles, how many cars are under loan, and the number of hatchbacks among other factors. The LTFRB will move forward from there. But for now? Sit tight and cross your fingers.