Booking a vehicle online might get just a little more difficult during this Holiday season as a Quezon City judge decided to pin down the number of existing Uber and GrabCar vehicles to what it is now after hearing a complaint filed by a group composed of taxi operators and drivers.
All applications for Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) by vehicle owners who want to enroll their vehicles with Uber or GrabCar will be suspended for 20 days, as per the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) of Judge Santiago Arenas of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 217.
The TRO effectively stops the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) from accepting applications or processing current ones. It does not affect vehicles that have already been granted a franchise by the agency and are already servicing customers in and around Metro Manila.
This actions stems from a complaint filed by Stop and Go (a group composed of taxi operators and drivers) citing major income loss by its drivers and operators after the DOTC and the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved the operation of online transport services.
“There is extreme urgency to issue a temporary restraining order to the petitioner to prevent grave and irreparable injury and damages because of their claim that they suffer less or low incomes and earnings is found to be persuasive,” said the court via a statement.