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Uber Backs Down In Philippines Regulator Row

17 August 2017

Transport authorities require Uber to get permits for its drivers and vehicles, in the same way taxi companies must.

Up for grabs are the more than 300,000 internet-based bookings per day cornered by TNC main players Grab and Uber.

"The latest irresponsible act of the Respondent Uber is not about pushing innovation in the context of fair regulation but it is about unduly challenging the limit of fair regulation to continue to engage in business in this country thereby compromising sound business practices", the LTFRB said in its order.

Past year the regulator suspended the acceptance and processing of applications for all ride-sharing services, including Uber, to study further how to regulate the industry.

On Monday, LTFRB ordered Uber to cease operating its platform for a month following the agency's discovery that it was still accepting new vehicles into its fleet.

When it issued the original order, the LTFRB urged Uber to "extend financial assistance" to its drivers during the one-month period as "an expression of good faith", as they "would not have suffered the current predicament were it not for [Uber's] predatory actions".

"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.

Expect a cloudy, hot and humid Sunday
At the very least, the morning and early afternoon will be partly sunny and pleasant with just a gradual elevation of humidity. According to the National Weather Service at State College, today will be sunny with a high near 81 and a light, north wind.

The Philippines' transport regulator on Tuesday denied an appeal by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] against its order suspending the ride-hailing firm's services for a month in the Southeast Asian nation. He said that penalties will still have to be meted out.

"If I were working there, I would launch a campaign trying to grab as much (market share) as I could as quickly as possible", he said.

"Show some kind of respect to the board", she added. It added there was no proof it violated the LTFRB's order stopping the activation of new drivers.

"The world over we need more people in less cars, simple as that", co-founder Chris Megan said in an e-mail.

"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 in a statement released yesterday morning.

Uber ran into trouble in the Philippines for continuing to bring on new drivers after the agency suspended its accreditation process last summer, pending a review of the regulations.

Uber Backs Down In Philippines Regulator Row