Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito agreed that transport community firm (TNC) Uber ought to pay a stiffer penalty as an alternative of serving a one-month suspension for defying the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
“Para din magtanda sila, kumbaga, huwag ng binabalewala nila yung LTFRB o yung government agencies,” he mentioned.
“I know they’re popular that’s why we want them back to the streets as soon as possible so as not to disrupt the riding public. Pero hindi dahil in demand sila, very popular sila, they use this as an excuse not to follow or to defy government regulations,” Ejercito added.
Uber was slapped with a one month suspension efficient Aug. 15 for supposedly violating a July 26 order by the LTFRB not to accredit and activate new companions into its platform.
Uber filed a movement for reconsideration however was denied by the LTFRB.
But with only a few choices for commuters, Ejercito mentioned the federal government ought to give a bit of leeway to operators of this sort of service.
In a gathering known as by Sen. Grace Poe, public companies committee chair, Ejercito mentioned she appealed to LTFRB to take into account chopping quick the suspension interval in opposition to Uber and recommended that it’s slapped a financial high-quality as an alternative.
“Uber has to pay a stiffer penalty for non-compliance again. We’re looking at a bigger amount, maybe times four of the P5 million (of the previous penalty) or times five because it has to hurt them as well,” he mentioned.
The LTFRB mentioned they might examine the proposal.
“So we’re hoping that we can have a compromise very soon. We just make it clear that we want the interest of the riding public as the priority and (what should be) on top of mind of both,” he mentioned.