The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has denied Uber’s motion for reconsideration, the ride-sharing service announced on its Facebook page at 8 p.m., August 15, 2017.
Uber was ordered by the LTFRB to shut down its service for "one month," beginning August 15, 2017. As early as 6 a.m., the service was halted. However, by 11 a.m., the service was up and running again, with Uber citing "overwhelming rider and driver demand," as well as having filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB. The LTFRB had acknowledged receipt of the motion for reconsideration later in the day but said it had yet to convene on the issue. It also affirmed that the suspension order stands and vowed to apprehend Uber’s peer operators accepting passengers with stiff penalties and possible vehicle impounding. Now it seems a decision has been passed.
In response, Uber has suspended operations for the second time. Attempting to book a ride with the mobile app will be met with a “Uber no longer available” message.
Under the current suspension order, Uber can only resume services on September 14, 2017.