Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Philippines regulator denies Uber's appeal on one-month suspension

Philippines regulator denies Uber's appeal on one-month suspension

The Philippines has banned Uber for a month on the orders of a regulatory body in the country.

Asked if uGoMyWay was looking to expand in the Philippines, Megan said he was not certain if local regulators recognized the difference between a ride-hailing and carpooling services.

"We are disappointed with the LTFRB's decision to deny our Motion for Reconsideration, and will comply with the Order".

"We're going to do everything we possibly can to show that we respect the authority of the LTFRB", he said.

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Lizada said they welcome all applicants as long as they are compliant to the transport regulations of the LTFRB.

The suspension is rooted in the LTFRB's decision previous year to suspend acceptance and processing of driver applications for all ride-sharing services while the regulator studied possible new rules.

Uber ran into trouble in the Philippines for continuing to bring on new drivers after the agency suspended its accreditation process last summer, pending a review of the regulations.

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not been a popular decision among Filipino commuters, many of whom regard Uber as more reliable and competitive than outdated public transport services.

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

"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.

She said Uber has pledged to compensate its drivers and pay a fine.

LTFRB has scheduled the hearing on the new appeal next week, August 23.

Uber's brief suspension in the Philippines on Tuesday prompted messages of frustration from many people on social media, who said Uber was better than other transportation options available in Manila, the country's sprawling capital. Uber issued an email to users informing them of the suspension, entitled "we'll be serving you again soon". "And if there's been a misunderstanding in the past, that's on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding", he added.

Last month, 50,000 of Uber's and Grab's vehicles were nearly suspended since they lacked certificates of public conveyance to operate.

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