Sad news for many commuters and Uber/Grab Patriots, after the news spread out from LTFRB ordering UBER and Grab to cease their dispatch majority of its operation starting July 26.
In addition to the P5 million fine that the LTFRB imposed on the ride-hailing services, which both of them will fully comply with, the government agency plans to shut down unlicensed Uber and Grab cars.
In a memo released last July 11, 2017, the LTFRB said that “both Transport Network Companies are directed to cease with dispatch the operations of all their TNVS (Transport Network Vehicle Services) which do not have the required Certificates of Public Convenience.”
Short of the long: LTFRB has suspended the acceptance of new driver applicants for ride-hailing services and word on the street has it that it will become next to impossible for commuters to book a ride come next week.
Regulation is done in the interest of public safety, so that Uber and Grab vehicles would be as ‘safe’ as other public modes of transport with existing franchises: taxis, buses, and jeepneys—these are all legal and supposedly regulated. But because there is no framework in place for TNVS, many Grab and Uber vehicles are not, so on July 26, 15 days after the July 11 order, the LTFRB will order the majority of them to be deactivated.
Apart from the online petition posted on change.org, netizens are making their voices heard on LTFRB-Uber-Grab brouhaha using the hashtag #WeWantUberGrab.
We understand the need for regulation and proper procedure, and no one should be above the law. But Uber and Grab have always expressed their desire to follow whatever rules are required for them to operate. And in the years since these ride-hailing companies have set up operations here, they've amassed a loyal and massive following from commuters tired of the status quo.
Let the public choose which mode of transport they want.
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