Uber likely to pay multimillion peso fine for violating LTFRB regulations



MANILA, Philippines — In an executive meeting on Wednesday, officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Uber Systems Incorporation exchanged arguments over LTFRB’s imposition of a one month suspension on the operation of the said transport network company (TNC).

It was agreed during the consultation that Uber will be given another chance to file a new motion for reconsideration requesting the board to lift the suspension order.

Once the appeal is filed, the agency will set another hearing.

However, LTFRB noted the possibility of imposing a multimillion peso fine on Uber for allegedly violating the regulations and rules of the agency.

“We don’t have any figures yet. I don’t want to speculate yet. We will see that in the pleading that they will file this week,” said LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III.

Meanwhile Uber regional general manager Mike Brown said, “We are very willing to worked with the LTFRB. We believe there is a misunderstanding previously. We can pay a fine as part of rectifying what happened there we will do that cause our top priority is to get drivers back on the road and earning and to serve the people of the Philippines.”

Aside from paying fines, Uber also vowed to provide aid to their drivers and partner operators who have been affected by the suspension order.

Before the executive meeting began, the regional manager of Uber and Delgra confronted each other.

The Uber executive apologized personally to the LTFRB chief about the controversy they are facing.


“Let’s try to respect each other here,” Delgra told Brown who promptly responded, “We have every intention to respect the LTFRB.”

Meanwhile, Committee on Public Services chairman Senator Grace Poe expressed dismay over what she describes as the very slow process in resolving the issue on the suspension order against Uber.

The senator hopes that Uber would be back to operation at the soonest possible time.

“I’m sorry to say that it is our regulation itself that’s making it slower,” she said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue



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