Philippines suspends Uber operations for 1 month

Posted August 17, 2017

The service gained prominence a year ago after Uber and rival Lyft pulled out of Austin, Texas over a regulatory dispute.

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.

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

Aquino also said that it was brought up in the meeting that Uber should compensate drivers for the days that they will not be able to use their vehicles.

Philippine authorities announced on Monday that they would suspend Uber for one month for failing to have the proper permits to licence its drivers.

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

In a statement, she said stopping Uber "further exacerbates the problem of having an utter lack of safe, reliable and convenient transportation options for our people".

"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.

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LTFRB has scheduled the hearing on the new appeal next week, August 23. He said that penalties will still have to be meted out.

American ride-sharing start-up Arcade City launched services in the Philipines on Wednesday, offering itself as an alternative to Uber but prompting an immediate regulatory crackdown.

"I really don't know why they're doing that. And if there's been a misunderstanding in the past, that's on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding", he added.

It is estimated that some 200,000 Philippine commuters have been affected by the temporary suspension of Uber.

Last month, Uber and local rival Grab were each fined and ordered to stop accepting and activating new drivers.

The suspension yesterday led to an outpouring of anger by Filipinos on social media.

"Stopping (Uber's) operation penalizes the commuting public and the drivers", Aquino told CNN Philippines' News Night.

Uber issued an email to users informing them of the suspension, entitled "we'll be serving you again soon".