Philippines Suspends Uber for One Month

Posted August 17, 2017

"This is below the 2x that the government, the LTFRB (Land Transportation and Franchising Board) required as cap last December", Grab Philippines Country Manager Brian Cu said in a briefing in Quezon City on Tuesday.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board suspended Uber's accreditation on August 14, ordering the company to cease and desist operations in the Philippines for one month. Although it did not give an explicit reason at the time, the move followed Uber's alleged failure to stop registering new drivers, as ordered by the regulator.

"This means that Uber's operations will continue until the motion is resolved", Uber said in a Facebook posting.

"Halting operations of Uber will only hurt the drivers and the riding public".

Uber, in its MR, said the LTFRB suspension order was a "blatant violation" of its right to due process.

Uber has suspended its services in Philippines after the national regulator banned it from operating for one month. "We will update our riders and drivers as soon as we can", said Uber Head of Communications Cat Avelino.

Extending financial assistance will be "an expression of good faith as their accredited peer-operators would not have suffered the current predicament were it not for the predatory actions of respondent Uber", the LTFRB said.

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The senator expressed hope that the LTFRB can propose a new framework to institutionalize changes to improve transportation in the country.

"Operating more than 50,000 colorum vehicles sets a risky precedent, and if not stopped would wreck [sic] havoc to the country's transport plans and programs, specifically the Modernization Program, which aims to enhance transport service and uplift the lives of transport workers", it said. He said that penalties will still have to be meted out. "What other options can we pick?", said Lizada adding that Uber's defiance is challenging the regulator's powers. We tried to fine (Uber), it didn't work, we tried to suspend (its) accreditation, it's not even working.

"Show some kind of respect to the board", she added.

"If there's been a misunderstanding in the past, that's on us and I apologise for that misunderstanding".

The suspension led to an outpouring of anger by Filipinos on social media. Anything you need from us, we're gonna do it. "Of course, I'm not in favor of it because I don't see any reason why they should do it", he said.

Uber's troubles in the Philippines are the latest in a series of hurdles to its attempts to expand globally.