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Congress wants to suspend operation of Uber, GrabCar




In a hearing earlier today, the Technical Working Group of the Committee on Transportation expressed their intent to suspend the operation of app-based transportation services like Uber and GrabCar over some legalities and the lack of accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).


Spearheaded by 2nd district of Batangas Representative and Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairman Raneo Abu, TWG insists that cars which belong to the GrabCar and Uber pool are considered as ‘colorum’ vehicles because they operate without proper accreditation from LTFRB.

The Congressman also questioned some of the provisions of the memorandum of agreement between LTFRB and app-based transportation services, particularly the guideline that allows LTFRB to delegate the task of accrediting drivers to Transportation Network Services.

In line with this, Congressman Abu reiterated that the Congress still has the authority over issuing of franchise and that LTFRB was just tasked to implement it on its behalf. Therefore, the agency is not allowed to pass the accreditation to companies like Uber.

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Concerns over passenger safety and payment of tax were also raised during the hearing. The Committee on Transportation claims that it wasn’t specified who would shoulder the tax and how these companies (or operator) will be reprimanded if something wrong happens to the passenger.

Just when we thought that companies like Uber will officially be allowed to operate in the country after getting a nod from LTFRB, it seems that they still have another hurdle to overcome before it’s all said and done.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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19 Responses

  1. taxi rider says:

    kailangan… ayusin muna nila yung mga taxi na namimili lang pasahero… kaya nagiging popular mga ridesharing app, dahil na din sa kalokohan nila.

  2. oliv says:

    mukhang may hindi nababayaran o kulang ang lagay para sa mga buwaya. ipagmamayabang nyo pa ang pilipinas! galing ng pinoy! hahaha

  3. joseph sto. niño says:

    Ang daming malalaking problema ng bansa, ewan ko ba sa mga buwayang dupang sa kongreso kung bakit kailangang gawing problema yung di naman dapat.

  4. Mr A says:

    Katulad ng mga congressman na may mga security agency, malamang taxi operator ito.

  5. Padre Damaso says:

    subukan kaya ng mga congressman na yan na mag commute for 1 month.

  6. Jojo says:

    affected ata ang business ni Congressman abu LOL

    Solve the issues namimiling Taxi driver bago…

  7. Kathy Ngo says:

    #DoNotVoteRaneoAbu make this trend. For anyone who has felt the pain of riding an MRT during rush hour and been turned away by cabs …

  8. Bluetooth says:

    Kulang nga ang mga taxi kaya pag rush hour or alanganing oras, ang powerful nila – napakachoosy and mga allergic sa traffic! Buti nga may Uber and Grab. Madali magbook, walang sakit ng ulo – ung biglang pag asa gitna kayo ng flyover maghihingi ng dagdag and pag hindi ka pumayag papababain ka. Hindi pa ba busog ang mga buwayang iyan sa pork barrel? Ang tatakaw

  9. One step forward, ten steps back. Pathetic.

  10. passenger says:

    talaga bang kasama ang passenger welfare sa ina-alala ng mga yan?!!! o ang pagkaka-kitaan?!! sus naman, mag focus muna kayo sa problema ng current taxis. laking tulong nga yang grab car sa commuters, potek na pagdidiskitahan nyo naman ng pagkakakitaan. hayz

  11. Oj says:

    Base on my info, owner pala si ABu ng MGE taxi hehehe kaya ganun na lang ka hard LOL… nababawasan ba ang kita? LOL

  12. Ojz says:

    Base on my info, owner pala si ABu ng mge taxi hehehe kaya ganun na lang ka hard LOL… nababawasan ba ang kita?

  13. franciselmer says:

    diba kasama din si bong suntay dito?

  14. Crab says:

    Well the safety of passenger is non existent with the regular cabs. At least Uber drivers don’t try to meddle with the meter or refuse to take you places. The LTO hotline never works when you call them too.

  15. Aj says:

    COLORUM AMPUTA PERO YUNG MGA BUS NAKAKALAKBAY

  16. mxex says:

    if this happens mdmi nnmn tau kababayan n kawawang papara s taxi sby ndi isasakay d q nilalahat pero ms bastos at mukhang pera mga taxi dto s pinas lets support uber and grab pra mabago ang transportation dto s pinas

  17. mxex says:

    pls support this kind of trasportation sobrang hirap sumakay s mga mapili n taxi driver at bastos..sb nila s uber dumadaan p ng background chk ang driver ndi kunh cno cno lng ang kinukuha well oriented drivers p

  18. Nemo says:

    Concerns about public safety??? SAFE BA MRT safe ba sa BUS safe ba sa jeepney Sarao

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