Uber Suspended for a Month after the Company Defied LTFRB Order to Stop Accepting More Drivers
This is definitely bad news for many Uber users out there.
The Philippines’ Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has been under fire for the past weeks after deactivation of over 50,000 Grab and Uber cars. Aside from causing traffic, Grab and Uber cars are accused for being ‘unsafe’ especially when most of these cars are unregistered. The LTFRB gained ire from netizens who have been using Uber and Grab to get to school and work. the LTFRB then ordered Uber and Grab to stop accrediting drivers until the issue has been solved. However, Uber refused to abide by the rules and continued to get drivers.
Today, August 14, 2017, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), ordered Uber operations to be halted for a month for defying the board’s orders.
On a Tweet on August 1, Uber claims that they were ‘accepting applications for vehicles’, but were not ‘processing them’, as they were optimistic that ‘with the ongoing discussions with the LTFRB, ridesharing has a path forward.’
However, LTFRB claims that Uber had accepted and activated at least 3 vehicles on July 27, one of which was a motor vehicle registered in the name of the board.
“The Respondent’s official statement as cited above is a clear admission on its part that it continued to accept applications despite the explicit order of the board,” the LTFRB said.
The LTFRB also warned that Uber will be held responsible for all accredited vehicles found accepting passengers during the suspension period.