Aug 16, 2017 @ 9:58

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has denied the movement for reconsideration (MR) filed by transportation community firm Uber on the one month suspension of its operations.

In its order issued Tuesday afternoon, the LTFRB mentioned Uber’s persevering with acceptance of latest drivers into its system regardless of an order final July 26 to halt activation has led to the rise within the variety of “colorum” transportation community car providers (TNVS) which don’t have any certificates of public comfort or provisional authority.

“The Board expressly directed that there shall be no acceptance of additional application for accreditation of TNVS. The mere acceptance, much less, receipt and evaluation of documents submitted by applicants for accreditation is tantamount to a direct violation of the order dated July 26, 2017. The public statement by respondent Uber Systems Inc. (USI) openly admitting that they were still accepting applications simply become a declaration against interest,” the LTFRB mentioned in its ruling.

The LTFRB directed Uber to cease its apply of accepting new purposes past the issuance of the moratorium as it could pose “regulatory problems” pending the assessment of insurance policies on TNCs and TNVS.

“USI’s continued advertisement, acceptance and accreditation of peers despite the moratorium imposed by the Board on TNVS applications gave rise to the rising number of TNVS which only prejudiced the misguided applicants, because they were not duly informed by the respondent USI of the requisite franchise requirements, and who were of the assumption that once accredited by USI, they can legally ferry passengers and earn from their accreditation as TNVS peers,” the Board additional mentioned.

In a press briefing, LTFRB board member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada mentioned the company desires to make sure that TNCs will be capable of defend the welfare of their TNVS companions.

“This is not a fight; we just want to support TNCs that protect the public welfare,” she mentioned.

Uber, in its MR, mentioned the LTFRB suspension order was a “blatant violation” of its proper to due course of. It added there was no proof it violated the LTFRB’s order stopping the activation of latest drivers.

In its suspension order dated August 14, the LTFRB directed Uber to stop and desist the operations of its on-line reserving purposes.

It was holding the TNC accountable for all its accredited “colorum” TNVS that had been apprehended throughout the suspension interval, if these had been found, that they proceed to just accept passengers utilizing their cellular software.

“The latest irresponsible act of the Respondent Uber is not about pushing innovation in the context of fair regulation but it is about unduly challenging the limit of fair regulation to continue to engage in business in this country thereby compromising sound business practices,” the LTFRB mentioned in its order. (PNA)