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Time to legalize Uber, Grab operations – Gatchalian

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Senator Win Gatchalian on Thursday pushed for the passage of a law that will give legalize the operation of TNVs (transport network vehicles) like Uber and Grab.

He filed last year Senate Bill 1001, or the Transportation Network Services Act, which lays down the operational guidelines for the development and regulation of the TNVS (transport network vehicle service) sector.

SB 1001 has been pending with the Senate Committee on Public Services since August 2016. It defines the nature of transportation network companies (TNCs) and TNVs and their classification as common carriers.

“I filed a bill to legitimize itong TNVS kasi nga nakikita ko na dahil bagong anyo itong TNVS walang legal personality. In fact, ‘yung mga circulars ng LTO (Land Transportation Office) papalit-palit rin to accommodate them,” Gatchalian said.

“Di rin nila alam kung sila ba ‘yung operator or software provider. So, itong bill na ito will give a legal personality to the TNVS and it will legitimize the TNVS,” he said.

He added, “It will also spell out liabilities of the TNVS because sinasabi ng TNVS na ‘software’ lang kami wala kaming liabilities sa passenger’ which I don’t agree.”

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