With the recent news about the ridesharing regulations, there has not been a single article that shares from the vantage point of us partners and drivers when in fact we are the ones directly involved.
Here’s an Open Letter from Partners and Drivers about LTFRB Accreditation and Ridesharing Regulation. It’s about time Partners and Drivers speak about the issue. We hope something positive comes out of this.
To Whom It May Concern:
First, we want to THANK YOU
Thank you for legalizing ridesharing in the Philippines. Thank you for allowing partners and drivers like us to bring better and safer transportation services to the commuting public. Thank you for your forward thinking and embracing technological changes. Thank you for making our livelihood legitimate; we are ordinary people who’ve had the opportunity to make a better living for ourselves and our families through these ridesharing companies.
Secondly, we are very willing to COMPLY
We understand that there are memoranda passed and signed. We understand there are requirements and documents we need to submit. We appreciate the intention and we are more than willing to cooperate.
However, most of us don’t understand the implications of this regulation and these memoranda. We don’t know what will happen to us if individual Partner Operators and Drivers become “independent contractors” of the TNCs.
And even after we seek information and advice from the LTFRB Head Office, no one knows the guidelines to implement these memoranda. No one can explain to us and give us definitive answers about the requirements we need to submit and what these all means for us. Isn’t there supposedly an Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to outline the process? Even the Transport Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Grab have no idea how everyone should go about implementing and rolling out these memoranda, and how to implement this transition. Are we to accredit individually with LTFRB? Will the Transport Network Companies (i.e. Uber and Grab) facilitate the accreditation of all the partners for easier compliance? We are all at a loss. We hope you are not.
Thirdly, please HELP US and INFORM US..
Help us understand and guide us through this transition and we’ll help you implement this regulation the best and fastest way possible. It doesn’t help, and we don’t appreciate, hearing (negative) news on TV and social media about threats, deadlines and rules we don’t have any idea about. Instead make good use of media, publish news, issue statements and advisories to give us guidance re implementation and help us comply. We heard there was a publication on the newspaper about the deadline. Nobody has seen it, because seriously, how many people read the newspaper daily anymore? You could have published that online or made a proper public announcement on TV.
Let us know who should help us. Would it be LTFRB? Would it be the TNCs (Uber, Grab,etc.)? Because we are more than willing to cooperate and help. We just need guidance and information.
It is us who are braving the harsh streets of Metro Manila, we think we ought to know. We are already serving the public by providing safe and efficient transportation. Please spare us the bureaucracy. We do not need more red tape. Inform and guide us quickly, so we can comply faster. Maybe then, you will have more time in your hands to fix the ever pressing problems of other existing transport systems (i.e. taxis, buses, MRT, FX, jeepneys, etc).
Lastly, we want to thank the Riders for the unwavering support.
You know more than anyone else the value we provide to the commuting public. You experience it firsthand, day in and day out. We hope you’ll continue to support us and stand by our side through this transition. Rest assured we will continue to provide you convenience, excellent service and safe rides.
Putting Riders first,
Your On-demand Driver
P.S. We hope you consider extending the deadline for LTFRB accreditation and use the time to guide and inform us properly.