Yesterday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) exacted a heavy penalty on Uber over their violations: a blanket suspension of their services.
In an official advisory dated, August 14, 2017, the LTFRB suspended the accreditation of Uber System, Inc. (Uber) and issued a cease and desist order on the operation of their online booking app for one month.
At around 11 a.m. today, Uber, through its Facebook page, announced it will resume operations today, in spite of the cease and desist order. Their statement is as follows:
“In response to overwhelming rider and driver demand, we have filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB. This means that Uber’s operations will continue until the motion is resolved. Consequently, we will be resuming serving Metro Manila and Cebu.
“Over the course of this morning, tens of thousands of riders were left stranded, causing needless inconvenience, while drivers were unable to access the earning opportunities they rely on. We are looking forward to urgently resolving this matter with LTFRB in the interests of everyone who depends on Uber every day.
Uber’s Motion for Reconsideration challenges the LTFRB’s Cease and Desist order, arguing for their right to due process and a lack of “cogent or convincing proof” that it violated LTFRB’s Show Cause Order dated July 26, 2017.