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Poe meets LTBRB & Uber reps over suspension order

Poe meets LTBRB & Uber reps over suspension order

Both companies were reportedly fined for allowing unregistered drivers onto the road and allowed to register new drivers - on the condition they didn't start working until given the go ahead.

On Monday (August 14), the LTFRB suspended Uber operations for repeatedly violating the board's order to stop accepting driver applications.

In a statement, Uber said they are "disappointed with the decision" but "they will comply".

Transport authorities accuse the firm, which has operated in the Philippines since 2014, of failing to have the proper permits to license its drivers.

In the same meeting, Uber Technologies Southeast Asia manager Michael Brown apologized to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra for accepting applications for accreditations despite the board's orders.

While no compromise agreement was reached between the parties, Uber expressed willingness to sit down with LTFRB to resolve the matter.

For his part, Delgra said the LTFRB could have canceled Uber's accreditation but refuse to do so considering its contribution to the country's transportation sector.

"This means that Uber's operations will continue until the motion is resolved", Uber said in a Facebook posting.

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Poe earlier described the suspension order cruel and absurd.

"I would like to reiterate (that) what Uber did now (resume operations), puts at risk all its TNVS... what kind of partner is that?", Lizada said.

"What consumer protection do commuters have from colorum units and abusive taxis?" she asked LTFRB officials.

The regulator stood by its argument in denying Uber's appeal in a separate order. "A monetary penalty will give us the same result without having to hassle our commuters", he said.

Ride-hailing giant Uber yesterday defied a Philippine government order to shut down, branding the suspension a "blatant violation" of its rights but risking its drivers being arrested.

The suspension had led to a surge in demand for rival Grab, which issued a statement on Tuesday calling it a "unique situation" and asking users to "bear with us".

"Over the course of this morning, tens of thousands of riders were left stranded, causing needless inconvenience, while drivers were unable to access the earning opportunities they rely on", Uber said.

The Philippines suspension is the latest setback this year to Uber, one of the most valuable startups in the world with a valuation upwards of $60 billion, which is struggling to recover from a series of scandals and is hiring a new leader.


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