Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has referred to as on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to elevate its one-month suspension order in opposition to Uber operations, saying it went too far to penalize the ride-sharing firm.
Gatchalian mentioned LTFRB’s choice was hasty and untimely which may trigger frustration and chaos amongst commuters in Metro Manila.
“To stop this situation from getting out of hand, I am calling on LTFRB to immediately recall the suspension order,” he mentioned.
“I have nothing against holding Uber accountable for its violations, but the suspension order goes too far. It puts the burden of punishment on the shoulders of commuters who have already suffered enough. Instead, the imposition of a larger fine on Uber for its violations would be a more equitable and reasonable punishment,” he added.
The LTFRB on Monday suspended the operation of transport community firm Uber after it violated its July 26 order to move community corporations to cease accepting functions for accreditation of transport community automobile companies (TNVS) and their eventual approval or activation.
The senator additionally urged LTFRB to elevate its accreditation ban and start processing new TNVS functions from Grab, Uber, and different platforms. The main purpose of LTFRB ought to be to advertise public security and comfort.
During the Senate listening to, Gatchalian mentioned Grab and Uber demonstrated with clear proof that demand for TNVS continues to surpass the present provide of drivers.
“It is the government’s responsibility to the commuting public to ensure that this demand is adequately met,” the Valenzuela lawmaker mentioned.