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Report: LTFRB considers issuing franchise to Uber vehicles

Report: LTFRB considers issuing franchise to Uber vehicles image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Uber | posted November 04, 2014 14:35

LTFRB and DOTC will set a meeting with Uber representatives

In a report by the Philippine Star, the Land Transporation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is considering issuing franchises to Uber's vehicles.

Last month, the LTFRB deemed Uber as a colorum operation and said that they will fine the vehicle owners who provide their services for the online transport provider. The LTFRB impounded the company's vehicles and are under the custody of the Land Transporation Office.

On that note, LTFRB chair Winston Ginez said that issuing franchises for vehicles under the online cab provider, Uber, was one of the options the were considering. He added, however, that it will still be up to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to decide whether the government would give franchises to Uber vehicles.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told LTFRB to work together with Uber. Abaya also said that transportation regulations should provide convenient, safe and reliable services to the public.

With this, the LTFRB and the DOTC will set a meeting with Uber representatives to address the issue at hand.