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Wednesday 16 August 2017

LTFRB Update: Uber suspended for 1 month

Senator Poe met with the LTFRB and Uber representatives.

Post Date: August 16, 2017

Updated August 25, 2017: LTFRB sets P190-million fine for Uber in order to lift suspension order.

Uber Philippines has committed to pay a fine of more than five million pesos for violating Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regulations so that the agency would lift the suspension on the ride-sharing firm’s operations.

Uber would still have to file another appeal to the LTFRB to convert the suspension to paying a fine. This only means that the suspension will continue until the LTFRB hears the pleading of Uber in another board hearing on Wednesday, August 23.

Senator Grace Poe said, “They’re (Uber) following the law but I’m sorry to say that it’s our regulation itself that’s making it slower.

Poe then told the LTFRB: “Kung talagang iniisip ay ang ating drivers at mananakay, ang offer ng Uber ay napaka-generous dahil tinatanggap nila ang pagkakamali nila at sinabi rin mismo nila na kung ano ang requirements ng LTFRB na hinihingi sa kanilang data, ibibigay nila.”

In a separate interview, Uber Regional General Manager Mike Brown said Uber will take responsibility for the “misunderstanding” with the LTFRB that had led the board to impose a suspension against the transport networking company.

“If we can pay a fine as part of rectifying what happened, we will do that. Our top priority is to get our drivers back on the road and [earning] and serve the people of the Philippines,” Brown said.

The penalty of not following the suspension order of LTFRB is Php 120,000.00 and impounding of car up to 3 months. (Inquirer News, 2017)

Based on ABS-CBN News site, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) earlier fined Uber and rival Grab P5 million each for allowing alleged "colorum" operations. Grab and Uber are popular in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, where traffic jams are a daily misery for 12 million people. It was also cited that the Philippines is among the first countries in the world to regulate such services.


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