Drive and Earn: How to be a TNVS Driver or Operator in the Philippines
Everyone wants to earn extra cash. After all, people have their own families to support and a future to prepare for. If you have a car and a lot of free time in your hands, why not consider working as a driver?
Earn income from driving people around the city or using your car as a ride-hailing service. You can be a driver or operator for one of the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) companies in the Philippines.
Yes, you can join TNVS companies, such as Grab, Hype, and OWTO. But don’t join a ride-hailing company yet—there’s some work that you need to do. The requirements can be quite a handful. But don’t worry, we’re here to simplify things for you.
Table of Contents
- What You Need to Join a TNVS in the Philippines
- Which TNVS Company Should I Choose?
- Newbie’s Guide to Becoming a TNVS Philippines Pro
- Final Thoughts
What You Need to Join a TNVS in the Philippines
1. Your Own Car
This is an obvious requirement. But just because you have a car doesn’t mean you’ll easily become a TNVS driver or operator. TNVS companies have their own sets of requirements when it comes to vehicles, so make sure to check them first.
Related: Guidelines on Selling Your Car
2. TNVS Registration with the LTFRB
You won’t become a legitimate TNVS driver unless you’re registered with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). To operate, you need to have a TNVS permit. The Board issues two kinds of permits: the Provisional Authority (PA) and the Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).
What is PA / CPC?
The PA is the first permit issued to successful applicants. If you receive this, you can operate for 45 days.
The CPC, on the other hand, is valid for two years. Remember that expired permits should be renewed if you want to drive and earn money. Otherwise, your vehicle will be tagged as colorum.
Is LTFRB Accepting New TNVS Applications?
If this is your first time applying for a permit with the LTFRB, you may need to wait a little longer. According to the LTFRB, the online registration for 5,000 new applicants for the TNVS has already been completed on July 29, 2019.
The Board is currently processing the CPC application of the said registered applicants. However, it assures interested parties and prospective applicants that its officials will monitor further the need to open additional slots.
The Board has not announced a date yet for accepting new applicants, but it says that the date will be shared on the official website at www.ltfrb.gov.ph.
How to Apply for a New CPC
While the LTFRB is not accepting any new applications as of this moment, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Who knows, the Board may release a date for accepting new applicants the next day. And when that happens, you should have your requirements ready.
CPC Application Steps
If you want to apply for a CPC, here are some of the things you need to do:
- Go to www.ltfrb.ph.net/TNVS (Note: The link is still inactive, as the Board is still not accepting new applicants).
- Fill out the form and then follow the steps provided by the system.
- After accomplishing all the instructions, a confirmation email will be sent to you for your registration and appointment date.
- Print the confirmation email and bring it on the appointment date.
- Print the application form and have it notarized.
You’ll also need to supply the following documents:
- Four copies of Verified Application alleging proof of citizenship and financial capacity with annexes and Verification and Certification of Non-Forum Shopping
- Proof of Filipino citizenship (any of the following): Authenticated birth certificate from the Philippine Statistics Authority, valid Philippine passport, voter’s ID, or marriage certificate
- Valid government-issued ID with picture
- LTO-issued OR/CR of authorized unit/s or Sales Invoice and Delivery Receipt with year model in the name of the applicant
- Operator’s Data Sheet with complete details, latest picture, and valid driver’s license/s of authorized driver/s
Applicants will also need to attend a hearing. The following documents should be submitted on the day of the hearing:
- Bank Certificate of Conformity (if the Unit is under financing)
- Proof of Existence and Sufficiency of Garage
a. Location map
b. Dimensions of your garage
c. If the applicant is the owner of the garage, Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT)/Tax Declaration in the name of the applicant; if not, notarized Contract of Lease/Authority to use with TCT of Lessor
d. LGU Zoning Certificate for the location of the garage for three units
- Proof of Financial Capability
a. Certified True Copy of latest Income Tax Return received by the BIR or BIR Form 2136
b. Proof of Bank Deposit in the amount of PHP 50,000.
- 5R photograph of units subject to the application (front, back, and sides of the vehicle)
Note: The photo should include the front page of a newspaper to show the date when the pictures were taken.
- DTI Certificate of Business Name Registration
- BIR Certificate of Registration to engage in Transport Service or Proof of Filing
- Proof of Publication
a. Affidavit of Publication by the publisher
b. Copies of Publication
How Much is TNVS Application Fee?
Don’t forget that the TNVS application comes with some fees. Here are some of them:
- Filing Fee: PHP 510 first two units and additional PHP 70.00 the 3rd unit
- LRF: PHP 10
- Inspection Fee: PHP 50
- PA Fee: PHP 250
Which TNVS Company Should I Choose?
In case your TNVS application has been successful or you already have an existing CPC that you haven’t used yet, the next thing to do is find a TNVS company to partner with. Here are some of your options.
Grab is undeniably the most popular and dominant TNVS company in the country. It accommodates not only private cars but also taxis and motorcycles.
To help drivers maximize their income, Grab has exclusive perks for them. These include deals and discounts on car wash, fuel, insurance, towing, aircon services, and vehicle maintenance, among others.
Interested? Here are some of the company’s basic requirements:
- Professional driver’s license
- Driver must be 21 to 60 years old (Applicants aged between 61 to 65 years old should have a “Fit to Work” medical certification).
- Valid NBI background check clearance
- Drug test clearance from an accredited drug testing laboratory
- A sanitation kit and plastic barrier inside the car (to prevent COVID-19)
For the documentary requirements and other ways to work with Grab, check the links below.
Read more: Professional License Guide for Grab Drivers
OWTO is a 100% Filipino-owned company that prides itself in empowering its partners with equitable take-home pays through its lower commission take-out system. OWTO offers not only 15% commission but also security benefits, such as safety assistance and accident insurance.
If you want to be part of this TNVS Philippines company, you must meet the following basic requirements:
- At least 21 years old.
- Valid professional driver’s license
- Valid CPC or PA from the LTFRB
- Attendance to the Partner’s Orientation Program and Partner Safety Training Program
- Android smartphone or iPhone
- Valid mobile number and email address
For the vehicular and other documentary requirements, check the links below.
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HYPE claims to be the first ride-hailing platform made in the Philippines. What makes it stand out from the competition is that it allows booking through text messaging. Drivers who are not always comfortable with the idea of using a smartphone app may consider this TNVS company.
Here are HYPE’s basic requirements for operators:
- Valid government-issued ID
- TIN ID
- PA or CPC or LTFRB TNVS Case No.
Drivers will need to submit the following:
- NBI clearance
- Police clearance
- Professional driver’s license
- Medical certificate for applicants aged 60 years old and above
For the vehicular and other documentary requirements, check the links below.
Newbie’s Guide to Becoming a TNVS Philippines Pro
Say you’ve fulfilled all the requirements and you’ve become a legit TNVS driver or operator. The prospect of earning money while getting the chance to explore the city is exciting. But don’t hit the road yet without arming yourself with the right knowledge.
Since this is a whole new world for you, you need to prepare to avoid mistakes and, of course, to make work much easier and more worthwhile.
Here are some of the tips that you may find useful.
1. Get to Know Your Area
These days, it’s easy to rely on navigation apps such as Waze and Google Maps. However, these apps can be inaccurate at times. Admit it, you’ve been directed to unfamiliar places or squeezed into unexpected traffic jams after following their recommendations!
Familiarize yourself with the roads you’ll be driving on because the better you know it, the more options and routes you’ll have. Those hidden routes will definitely help you avoid long traffic jams. In turn, your passengers will be happy.
2. Observe Commuter Behaviors
To optimize your earnings, it’s wise to study the movement of the general public. Figure out which days of the week or times of day are the busiest. Identify the places where customers are concentrated. Since you’re a new TNVS driver, it is recommended to accept as many rides as you can. That way, you’ll know the patterns of passengers’ movements.
3. Invest in a Good Smartphone Mount
For most of your day, your smartphone will be standing on your dashboard, so make sure you’re using the right mount. Invest in a phone mount that is easy to secure on different types of surfaces. Pick the right size; it will be difficult for you to find a good spot in your dashboard for a bulky mount.
4. Don’t Passively Listen to Passenger’s Orders
There will certainly come a time when you’ll have a patronizing passenger who will tell you to make an illegal U-turn or beat the red light. Don’t follow them. If they insist, ask them courteously if they’re willing to pay the fine.
5. Consider Cross-Selling
You can add another stream of income by selling items to passengers, such as snacks, sanitizers, bottled water, or even cellphone load. But check first if your TNVS company allows this.
6. Take Enough Rest
If you’re tired or sleepy, park in a good spot (make sure it’s legal) and get a nap. Don’t force yourself to pick up rides when your body tells you not to. Otherwise, you may get into an accident since your attention and alertness are compromised.
7. Keep Your Car Clean and Sanitized
Passengers don’t appreciate dirty and smelly cars. So make sure that yours is always tidy and fresh before you leave your garage. Of course, help contain the spread of coronavirus by keeping your ride sanitized.
Being a TNVS driver or operator can help you earn extra income. But before that happens, you’ll need to go through the strict TNVS Philippines registration procedure.
Keep in mind that the requirements listed above are subject to change, so make sure that you’re following the LTFRB or the TNVS company you’re interested in online. And while the application with the LTFRB is on hold at the moment, take the time to make additional preparations. Why not ask a friend who works as a TNVS operator for some practical tips and tricks of the trade?
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