Humble pie: Uber says sorry, promises to comply with LTFRB rules
Ride-hailing service Uber vowed to comply with the regulations of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), a senator said Wednesday.
“Next time, susunod na sila, kasi naging habit na na di sila sumusunod (Next time, they’ll follow the rules because it has become a habit for them not to follow it),” Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito told reporters in an interview.
Ejercito was part of the closed-door meeting between representatives of the LTFRB and Uber in the Senate led by Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services.
Uber Technologies Southeast Asia manager Michael Brown apologized to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra for granting driver accreditation despite the board’s orders.
Ejercito said being “in-demand” was not an excuse to defy government regulations.
“I know that they’re popular, that’s why we want them to be back on the streets as soon as possible. We just made it clear that we want the interest of the riding public as a priority,” he added.
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, in a statement, said Uber should compensate drivers for the days that they will not be able to use their vehicles.
He said a new regulatory framework would be developed, not just for ridesharing services but also to improve taxi services.
On Monday (August 14), the LTFRB suspended Uber operations for repeatedly violating the board’s order to stop accepting driver applications.
Uber filed a motion for reconsideration on Tuesday (August 15), however, the LTFRB rejected it. (With Aerol Patena/PNA)