The Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a statement that they are planning to ban hatchback and compact cars from transportation network companies such as Uber and Grab.
LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada confirmed that the agency is indeed planning on removing the accreditation of small cars or those that are not “2000-cc rated.”
“Mayroon po tayong standard na sinusunod para sa mga sasakyan, ito ay ‘yong sedan, as long as makapasok sa 2000-cc rated (We have a standard that we follow for vehicles, this is the sedan, as long as they get in the 2000-cc rated),” Lizada said. “For safety regulations, ito ‘yong mga technical requirement po na kinakailangan at ito ho ang sinusunod ng mga taxi (For safety regulations, these are the technical requirements that are needed and this is what taxis follow).”
The public didn’t like the announcement and have expressed their concerns on social media. Affected drives have also taken to social media. Many Grab and Uber drivers utilize small cars and hatchbacks since they are considerably less expensive than sedans.
Uber and Grab are yet to give statements about LTFRB’s proposal.