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LTFRB: Uber is still suspended

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Inigo S. Roces / | August 15, 2017 14:48

LTFRB says Uber motion received; but suspension stands

In a press conference, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that Uber drivers are still prohibited from accepting passengers.

Today is the start of Uber's suspension, as ordered by the LTFRB due to its continued acceptance of Uber peer operators applications in spite of the agency's request to halt application processing. Earlier today, Uber announced it has filed a Motion for Reconsideration (MR) and has decided to resume operations in spite of the order.

“The MR has been received and we will have to convene for a special board meeting on how we will resolve the motion for reconsideration,” said LTFRB Chairman, Martin Delgra III.

When asked if Uber can now accept passengers again, Delgra replied, “The order stands.”

“The board will hold the respondent (Uber) liable for all their peer operators should they be found accepting passengers during the suspension period,” said LTFRB board member, Aileen Lizada.

The board has now directed MMDA, HPG, and LTO to apprehend Uber units accepting passengers. Should they be apprehended, they face a fine of PhP120,000 and three months impounding of their vehicles.

“They are considered colorum, even if they have PAs (Provisional Authority) and CPCs (Certificate of Public Conveyance),” said Lizada, “because the use of the app is now being suspended.”

The LTFRB held a press conference to explain its cease and desist order implement upon Uber. The LTFRB said that they have received Uber's motion, but have yet to convened on it.

During the press conference, the LTFRB enumerated numerous infractions and complaints filed by passengers against Uber and its peer operators ranging from refusal to accept passengers to violations of its terms of accreditation dating from 2015 all the way to 2017.

“Though it may not be a popular decision, we will continue to do what is legal, right, and moral,” said the LTFRB board.

“We urge Uber not to accept applications and not to raise expectations of the riding public while we are engaging the TNVS in order to improve regulations,” said Delgra.