The Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) said it plans to strike a deal with MiCab, a mobile application where commuters may book a ride similar to transport network companies (TNC) Grab and Uber where taxi units may used.

MB FILE -- LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada (MANILA BULLETIN)

MB FILE — LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada (MANILA BULLETIN)

With the month-long suspension of Uber still in effect, the LTFRB is hard pressed to find viable solutions to the transportation woes of commuters patronizing the TNC.

“We will be talking to them how to move forward kasi itong mga taxi na ito they have a tie-up with MiCab. MiCab will be providing the apps, you will be able to rate the driver,” Atty. Aileen Lizada LTFRB board member and spokesperson said.

“[Mag]lalagay tayo ng inputs kung ano yung gusto [natin] at para to ensure yung safety ng riding public, yung mga mananakay. It is not going to be tomorrow [na] dadagdagan ang prangkisa ng taxi, hindi siya ganon kadali because we have to study [the proposal pa],” she added.

However, Lizada clarified the taxis must first pass the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines before being added to the fleet.

Earlier, the LTFRB said it is considering the proposal to increase the number of taxi units plying Metro Manila roads especially that Uber on one month suspension.

She noted the taxis that could pass Omnibus Franchising Guidelines are those with automated fare collection system wifi and dash cams.

LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said the move could address the demand for taxis, as Uber is currently suspended for a month.

With Uber’s suspension, many commuters have sought the services of non-app based taxis but mounting complaints against regular taxi drivers still continued.

Several transport group leaders asked the LTFRB to impose a P6-billion fine on Uber instead of its P10 million offer in exchange for the lifting of its one-month suspension.

Transport leaders Atty. Vigor Mendoza II, Obet Martin, Zeny Maranan, Melencio Vargas and Efren de Luna made the call amidst the controversy involving Uber.

Under the rules, Mendoza said drivers without a 45-day provisional authority (PA), which allows them to accept fares until they are issued a franchise, will have to pay a fine of up to P120,000 each, if caught.

Mendoza said since Uber has more or less 50,000  colorum vehicles or those operating illegally, the company should then pay the government P6 billion.

“A P10-million fine would only mean that Uber is operating 84 colorum vehicles,” Mendoza said.

Uber, on August 17 made the offer to the LTFRB if it could just pay P10 million in lieu of the month long suspension.

The LTFRB suspended the accreditation of Uber after it defied the board’s order and continued to accept new drivers into their platform.