Lawmaker Files Bill Banning Surge Pricing For Uber, Grab

Getting tired of those ridiculous surge pricing for ride sharing apps like Uber and Grab? Apparently Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo is too. The congressman has officially filed House Bill No. 4669 or the No Price Surge Act, which in essence, bans the surge pricing model that transport network companies (TNVCs) use like Uber and Grab use.

This comes immediately after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a warning over Uber and Grab’s surge pricing after it received numerous complaints about the alarmingly high surge prices that commuters had to pay during the holiday season.

“The said bill, if approved, will permanently protect the helpless the commuters from undue and exorbitant price fixing by [Uber and Grab],” Castelo said.

According to the lawmaker, the practice of surge pricing makes Uber and Grab no different than erring taxi cabs that ply the roads of the metro every day.

“While we thought that these providers serve as a better mode of public transportation for our people, they appear to be just the same with or worse than erring taxi cabs that charge passengers more than what the meter says,” Castelo added.

“So how does the transport network vehicle service industry now become a friendly alternative each time this unfortunate situation happens to their poor patrons?” he added.

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    Finally, may sense ang propose Bill na ito, Tama nga naman yung Public Jeepney and Bus wala naman Surge pricing kahit ba mataas ang demand at pare parehas lang naman napeperwisyo ng traffic, kagaguhan lang yang Surge Pricing na yan. Kung ayaw nila alisin yan sa ibang bansa nalang sila mag negosyo at alisin na ang francise ng mga yan dito.

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    Sang-ayon ako na dapat lagyan ng cap o limit ang surge pricing pero huwag nila itong tanggalin at itulad sa presyo ng taxi. Simple lang naman yan. Kung hindi kaya yung presyo na nakalagay sa app ay huwag kunin. Pwede naman sumakay sa ibang paraan (i.e. Taxi, Bus, Jeep, MRT/LRT, UV Express, Tricycle, etc.). Nasa sayo pa din ang karapatan na pumili at mag desisyon kung saan mo gusto at kayang sumakay. Wala namang pipilit at pumipilit sayo na sumakay kahit alam mong napakalaki ng presyo na babayaran mo. Dahil ayaw mong mahirapan at maghintay ng matagal kaya pinili mong mag-Grab o mag-Uber kahit nakita mong napakalaki ng babayaran mo.

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