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LTFRB to Launch MICAB and MYRIDE
The government, after facing serious matters regarding the Transport
Network Vehicle Services in the country over the past months, has come up
with two new taxicab-hailing apps which are equipped with safety features
that are beneficial to the general commuting public.
According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or
LTFRB, the agency is currently in the final stages of reviewing and
approving two taxicab-hailing apps, namely the MiCab and the MyRide. The
agency says that these apps are beneficial as it can also be used in six or
seven other regions outside Metro Manila, including Iloilo City and Davao
As explained by the LTFRB, these apps work like the other ones, except the
vehicles that are available for booking are regular taxicabs. The proposed
booking fee is a fixed amount of P10, as the mode of payment will still be
via the taxi meter. The agency adds that these apps will eliminate
overcharging and refusal of service on the part of taxi drivers
Another thing that is beneficial about these apps, according to the LTFRB,
is that one of them has a brilliant security feature which will monitor and
record everything inside the cab while the passenger is onboard. This, the
agency says, will serve as protection for both driver and passenger against
undocumented incidents or fabricated accusations.
This announcement by the LTFRB has boiled conversations and opinions, both
positive and negative, from the public. Regardless, the government is
committed in improving the business and the credibility of the taxicab
operators and drivers in the country.