Good news for people who are enjoying the benefits of Transport Network Companies (TNC) in the metro, because now, Uber is now accredited by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Coming after GrabCar which got its accreditation as TNC in July, Uber partners may now file their Application for Franchise for TNVS (Transportation Network Vehicle Service). App-based transport services who failed to register as a TNC will be fined P200,000 for utility vehicles and will be impounded for three months.
The definition for TNC – the official name for ride-sharing companies, according to LTFRB’s Draft Department Order, “is an organization, whether a corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, or other form that provides prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled application or platform technology to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles.” So basically, every online-based ride-sharing vehicles now have to be registered with the Philippine transport authorities.
There are a lot of positive (if not raving) feedback coming from commuters who are already tired of the chaotic transport system of the city. Some problems that commuters have to deal with prior to having TNCs in the country are the following:
- Some cab drivers are refusing to accept customers if they deem that the passenger’s destination is too far. “Makati to QC? Sorry.”
- Some cabs are not in good condition, e.g. old car, the weird smell inside the vehicle, AC not working.
- Concern about safety. Hold-uppers pretending to be cab drivers, and similar stories of cab drivers who prey upon their passengers by means of sleep-inducing drugs.
- Some cab drivers who trick their unsuspecting passengers for paying more by either not using the meter, or it’s tampered that the cost of your fare becomes unreasonably bigger than usual.
Now that ride-sharing apps from big companies like Uber and GrabCar have taken the metro, Filipinos are now provided with an innovative and better way of commuting. Sure they may cost much, but if you’re stuck somewhere with not a lot of cabs around, just open your ride-sharing app from your smartphone and book a cab with a few taps.
What are the benefits and features of these ride-sharing apps?
TNC, or Ride-sharing, is a service arranging one-time shared rides on very short notice.
Here’s a comparison of the leading ride-sharing apps in the city.
Uber vs. GrabTaxi:
|Uber – Exclusively provides ride-sharing services using private cars.||GrabCar – provides ride-sharing services using private cars.|
|Features and Services||Features and Services|
|More information:||More information:|
|Base fare (regular UberX):
Base fare (Uber Black):
|Base fare (regular GrabCar):
Base fare (GrabCar+):
In conclusion, Uber currently offers private cars with cashless payments, while GrabCar accepts cash payments. GrabCar and Uber are alike in that they offer private vehicles to provide chauffeur service to passengers, but only Uber applies a per-minute charge. For availability, GrabCar is more popular because it accepts bookings even outside of populous cities in Metro Manila. Both companies offer promos, discounts, and make sure that every ride is safe, tracked, and convenient, with an option to rate your experience and send feedback. Now that both leading ride-sharing apps are accredited by the LTFRB, and with their growing number of satisfied customers, TNCs are definitely here to stay.