LTFRB warns public about ‘fake’ TNVS drivers

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board warned the public against scams perpetrated by private motor vehicle drivers posing as Transportation Network Vehicle Service or TNVS providers.

The LTFRB received reports coming from social media networks about a vehicle allegedly offering TNVS services among commuters but in a forcible manner and charging a much higher fare.

“I was really disturbed by these ‘scams’ allegedly perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals against ride-hailing app customers. If indeed they are doing it, they should stop immediately. It affects the business of legitimate ride-hailing apps and more importantly the commuting public,” LTFRB Chairman Teofilo Guadiz III said.

Guadiz said he totally understands the plight of some MV owners who are looking for extra income by engaging in TNVS services, especially those who were affected by the pandemic. He reiterated, however, that the best thing to do is to apply for a franchise.

“There is always a right way of doing things, particularly when it comes to offering services to the public. For those who want to offer TNVS services and earn extra money, they should apply for a franchise,” Guadiz stressed.

The private MV owner was seen operating around the area of a mall in Quezon City and purportedly offering TNVS services. Information on this activity was reported by netizens in major social media networks, calling the attention of authorities and the public as well.

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