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MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will apprehend "colorum" Grab and Uber drivers once its order against them takes effect on July 26, a board member announced on Wednesday, July 19.
"On the part of LTFRB, the order becomes executory 15 days after its publication. On the part of the LTFRB, the order is executory on the 26th," LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said after the technical working group meeting with Grab and Uber representatives.
Lizada was referring to the LTFRB's July 11 order that it would begin apprehending colorum Grab and Uber drivers starting July 26.
This comes after the transport network companies allowed their undocumented drivers to operate until the regulatory board called for a meeting, in hopes it would lead to a compromise.
According to Lizada, the ban on accepting new drivers will remain in place as well, as the LTFRB awaited the companies updated lists of drivers.
Lizada recalled that Grab and Uber said they need 15,000 drivers each to serve the public.
From this, the LTFRB will determine how many drivers are already on the road, and then decide how many permits to give out.
The numbers get murky as both the TNCs admitted to Lizada that there were 14,000 "dual citizens" – drivers that partner with both companies, thus submitting two applications.
The LTFRB expects to get the new list of drivers by July 26, when they will have their next technical working group meeting, before deciding on when to accept new applicants.
Until then, only around 15,000 for both Grab and Uber combined, can operate.
Drivers who will get caught with expired permits or no permits at all can be fined P120,000 and detained for 3 months.
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.