LTFRB temporarily halts inDrive operations in PH
Back in December last year, Grab’s ride-hailing competitor inDrive was accredited by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). This allowed the new ride-hailing service provider to start its operations for its initial phase in Bacolod, Baguio, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro, and Butuan.
However, less than a month after getting its accreditation as a transport network company, inDrive has been temporarily suspended by the LTFRB, following allegations of fare haggling.
inDrive has allegedly violated MC 2019-036: Fare Rates For Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), and has been previously given a show cause order by the LTFRB to defend why its accreditation should not be canceled or revoked. The suspension started on January 23, with inDrive given 15 days to give proof of compliance.
Prior to the LTFRB suspension, inDrive was supposedly set to activate its ride-hailing services in the Metro Manila area this first quarter.
“The LTFRB remains committed to ensuring the safety and fair practices within the transportation industry. Haggling of fares not only goes against the principles of transparency but also jeopardizes the welfare of both passengers and drivers. We take these allegations seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the extent of the violation,” said the LTFRB.