LTFRB orders 1 month suspension for Uber

By , on August 14, 2017


Transport Network Company (TNC) Uber on Monday was suspended for one month by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. (Photo: Uber/Facebook)
Transport Network Company (TNC) Uber on Monday was suspended for one month by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. (Photo: Uber/Facebook)

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday suspended the transport network company (TNC) Uber for one month after the agency found that Uber violated the board’s order to stop accrediting new drivers into their system starting July 26.

In an advisory released by the LTFRB, the board meted out the penalty of one month suspension on the accreditation of UBER SYSTEM, INC. (UBER) and was ordered to “cause and desist” its operation of its online booking application.

It is also stated that Uber should extend financial assistance to its affected peer-operators during the month-long suspension as an “expression of good faith,” considering that their accredited peer-operators “would not have suffered the current predicament were it not only for the predatory actions of respondent Uber.”

Earlier this month, the LTFRB said Uber continued to process new applications despite the suspension.

Uber, on the other hand, said that they will comply with the suspension order supplied by the LTFRB starting on August 15.

According to Uber, they have received an order around 6 p.m on August 14 to completely stop operations. They added that they are currently studying the order and will update their drivers as soon as they can.

“We understand that this will impact thousands of riders and drivers, and we apologize for the inconvenience this will cause,” Uber said in a statement.

The suspension took effect immediately as copies of the suspension were already provided to enforcers of the LTFRB, Land Transportation Office, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group.