Former socioeconomic planning secretary Cielito Habito has added his voice to the ranks of Filipinos disgruntled and dismayed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) choice to droop the transport community firm (TNC) Uber for one month.
Habito, an economics professor on the Ateneo de Manila University, described the penalty meted out by the LTFRB to Uber as a “cruel joke” contemplating how “it has miserably failed to use its regulatory powers through the years to make its seemingly favored alternative, regular taxis, earn a reputation for safety, not to mention efficiency and comfort.”
While Habito believes Uber needs to be penalized for activating new drivers regardless of an order for it to cease, he stated it will have been higher if the corporate have been simply made to pay a hefty high-quality.
“What is at issue is the “shotgun” penalty the LTFRB has imposed—the suspension that inflicts a lot collateral harm far past Uber itself—when it might have employed a focused “rifle” method like fining the corporate, closely if it should,” he stated.
Uber has provided to pay a P10-million high-quality to elevate its suspension, in addition to provide monetary help to its affected drivers.