Gov't can't be cowed, bullied by transport groups that defy regulations - LTFRB

Andrew Cummings
August 16, 2017

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that while the government appreciates the benefits provided by transport network companies (TNCs) like Uber, it also has to support the mandate of the LTFRB to regulate public transport services.

At the start of the week, the country's Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) told the USA firm to halt operations.

In a 3-page decision, LTFRB said Uber's "openly admitting that they were still accepting applications simply became a declaration against interest".

Lizada said that during a recent hearing, Uber officials had acknowledged having 68,000 drivers in the Philippines and handling 150,000 rides a day.

Uber regional executive Michael Brown apologizes to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra III on August 16, 2017, on the sidelines of a meeting at the Senate. "We're trying to work together here to address public transportation issues", the LTFRB chair said.

Hontiveros also asked the LTFRB: "Are you cracking down on abusive taxi drivers and colorum units as much as you are hell-bent on cracking down on Uber and TNVS (Transport Network Vehicle Service) providers?"

While no compromise agreement was reached between the parties, Uber expressed willingness to sit down with LTFRB to resolve the matter.

The regulator stood by its argument in denying Uber's appeal in a separate order.

Uber ceased its operation at 6 a.m. on Tuesday but resumed a few hours later after it filed its motion for reconsideration with LTFRB. "This means that Uber's operations will continue until the motion is resolved", it said in a statement.

Earlier, Poe denounced LTFRB's suspension order against Uber, saying it was the riding public who suffers more.

"Show some kind of respect to the board", she added. Aileen Lizada said that they were able to apply four vehicles to Uber online.

Although it did not give an explicit reason at the time, the move followed Uber's alleged failure to stop registering new drivers, as ordered by the regulator.

The commuters have raised their concerns on social media on how Uber's suspension would make their everyday ride inconvenient.

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