Uber halted in the Philippines after 'misunderstanding'

LTFRB upholds Uber suspension after motion for reconsideration

The Philippines Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board disputed that, warning the company that it can't accept customers until regulators have reviewed the motion.

The LTFRB a year ago suspended acceptance and processing of applications for all ride-sharing services, including Uber, to study further how to regulate the industry.

The LTFRB's freeze has not been a popular decision among Filipino commuters, many of whom regard Uber as more reliable and competitive than outdated public transport services.

"The Board expressly directed that there shall be no acceptance of additional application for accreditation of TNVS". But the company later said in a Facebook posting that it will comply with the regulator's suspension order after its appeal was denied.

"Operating more than 50,000 colorum vehicles sets a unsafe 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. Uber suspended its operations the following day, Tuesday.

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"If there was a misunderstanding on our part relative to the LTFRB's intention with their prior order, then that was our mistake", Uber regional executive Mike Brown told the press.

In the appeal to LTFRB, Uber said it had the right to due process and wanted a stay of implementation of the suspension.

The government replied immediately, saying the suspension was still in force and threatening to arrest Uber drivers who violated it.

"I would like to reiterate (that) what Uber did now (resume operations), puts at risk all its TNVS... what kind of partner is that?", Lizada said.

Uber drivers caught giving rides during that time will face a fine of more than $2,300 and have their cars impounded for three months, the agency said, according to CNN Philippines. He said that penalties will still have to be meted out.

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"We have no immediate plans, but never say never", he said.

"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", said Michael Brown.

Uber said the suspension order will affect its 66,000 TNVS partners and their one million active users. Anything you need from us, we're gonna do it.

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