Uber files for accreditation with Philippines authorities
Uber Manila has submitted an application for accreditation as a Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) with the Philippines Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFTRB). In a statement issued today (17 August), Laurence Cua, General Manager of Uber Manila, commented: “We can confirm that Uber’s application has been submitted and has been well received by the authorities.
“Since the beginning, Uber has always had one goal – to provide access to reliable, affordable, and safe transportation options anytime and anywhere to all Filipinos at the push of a button and we look forward to the continued support and leadership of the government of the Philippines in achieving this.”
The Philippines Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya announced the introduction of the new TNVS transport category on 11 May. Abaya said that the TNVS category cover vehicles that “provide pre-arranged transportation services for compensation, using an online-enabled application or platform technology to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles”.
The new framework meant that the Philippines was one of the first countries to have nationwide rules on ride-sharing, rather leaving regulation to local and city governments.
GrabCar became the first TNVS registered company in July.
In the United States, Uber has begun to branch out from its core ride-hailing business into offering delivery services.
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