Social media has once again united to express their dismay over the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) after the agency ordered popular ride-sharing service providers Grab and Uber to submit a list of their accredited operators.
Only those in the submitted list will be allowed to provide their services after the July 26, 2017 deadline.
Everything seems to be for the betterment of public transportation but there’s only one problem; around 90 percent of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) operators are technically not accredited since they lack the Provisional Authorities (PA). The PA is an essential documentation issued by the LTFRB which it apparently stopped processing a year ago despite piling applications.
This means users will soon start scrambling over limited number of TNVS providers. Most will probably be forced to go back to traditional commuting options like taxis with rude drivers, dilapidated buses and overcrowded train systems, something which the rise of ride-sharing services provided an alternative for.
Due to this, a petition to lift the looming TNVS suspension was launched by a certain Bobby Coronel over the weekend. It was posted on behalf of GrabCar but we’re pretty sure Uber users also signed to express solidarity with the industry as a whole.
So far, the petition has already garnered over 68,000 signatures from the required 75,000 before it gets submitted to the office of LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III.
Various memes tackling the issue have also started flooding the internet:
However, the LTFRB stated that they will not be swayed by mounting pressure from the public.
With these kind of developments, we really can’t blame netizens for their online outrage. Here are some (mostly angry and sarcastic) reactions to the issue:
Coleen Garcia shared her 2 cents
Saab Magalona goes savage
The netizens have spoken
Smelly and arrogant is apparently today’s taxi trend
Choosy pa more
This dude literally puts the trash in his talk
Can’t argue with that
At the end of the day, we just want better options