What’s needed by Uber, other app-based PUVs to operate legally

What’s needed by Uber, other app-based PUVs to operate legally


Starting this month, app-based transport services like Uber and GrabCar can apply for accreditation with the LTFRB

MANILA, Philippines – Starting this month, app-based vehicle services like Uber and GrabCar may apply for accreditation to be able to operate legally in the Philippines. 

The transportation department earlier issued guidelines for private vehicles conveying passengers who book trips through mobile apps. But responding to concerns over passenger safety, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has required transport network companies (TNCs) to get a certificate of accreditation.

The LTFRB has released a series of memorandum circulars detailing the rules and regulations on the accreditation process for the new category of vehicles.

Under the guidelines, accredited TNCs are required to conduct a criminal background check on their applicant-drivers, who must possess a professional driver’s license.

Drivers should also wear an identification card issued by the TNC and issue electronic receipts to passengers.

They are allowed to carry a maximum of 7 passengers inside the vehicle. Drivers may not pick up passengers who hail their services from the streets.

The LTFRB also said that drivers of app-based vehicles cannot pick up passengers inside airports, “unless authorized by airport management.”

The vehicles must also bear a “trade dress,” or signage that identifies the vehicles as part of a TNC and differentiates them from other private vehicles.

An accreditation fee of P10,000 must be paid to obtain a certificate of TNC accreditation, valid for two years.

View the complete list of requirements here:


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