Good news, FHM Nation! After enduring weeks of backlash, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and car service provider Uber have found a common ground in efforts to regulate vehicle for hire services in the country.
Video via ABS-CBN News
So here's what's going to happen. The LTFRB has agreed to review and update its set of rules for vehicle-for-hire operations, while Uber will present government reforms implemented in other countries to likewise modernize our nation's land transportation regulations. Sounds like a win-win situation to us.
"We will always push for anything that modernizes the country's transport systems under my watch," says Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya. "Government welcomes tech solutions to transport problems, and fortunately, Uber also wants to work with us to make it happen." Ayun naman pala, eh!
Tama 'yan. Pinoys are sick and tired of being slaves to car and human traffic, and we could all use a little bit of luxury in our commute life. Fellow commuters, now that the government has given vehicle-for-hire apps the green light, we highly suggest you download the following apps!
The U.S.-based rideshare/chauffeur service, which operates in 45 countries, allows users to arrive to their destination in a sedan, an SUV, or a luxury car. It's not going to ease EDSA's traffic woes, but the convenience it provides is totally worth the P90 flag rate. And unlike most taxi drivers, the chauffeur will not take it against you if you happen to live in Antipolo.
Video via Michael Colman
The taxi booking app allows users to receive information (name, mobile number, car model, license plate number) about their cab even before it arrives at their destination. The date and time of the taxi ride, as well as the amount paid, will also be emailed to you afterwards. Perfect for commuters who don't have the time and patience to wait at taxi stands.
Video via Easy Taxi Philippines
Much like the previous app, GrabTaxi enables users to experience a hassle-free and safe taxi ride in exchange for a booking fee of P70. It also auto-detects your location, tells you the estimated meter fare, and allows you to see which drivers are nearby. And if you're the paranoid type, you can even have a loved one track your cab's whereabouts. Choosy taxi drivers, you might want to rethink your ways!
Video via GrabTaxi
GrabTaxi's new service offers all the perks of car ownership minus the stress and hassle. Like GrabTaxi, GrabCar allows users to set their pick-up and drop-off points, select a car type, and see the exact fare and distance. You can even have them call you right at home, so there's no need to wait outside.
Video via Juan Manila
BONUS APP: TAXIKICK
If a taxi driver refuses to board a passenger, overcharges, abuses you in any way, has no meter or receipt, attempts to negotiate for a fixed fare (in local parlance, mangontrata), drives recklessly, smokes inside his cab, treats his cab like shit, took your stuff, texts while he drives, or any other shenanigans they could think of, report them immediately to this simple web app. The administrators will then forward your report to the LTFRB. It's not a vehicle-for-hire app, but it'll make a difference.
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