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Transport Group Files Suit Against Abaya For Letting Uber, GrabCar Operate

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Outgoing Transportation Secretary June Abaya and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chief Winston Ginez maybe on their way out once June 30 rolls around, but it looks like they won’t be leaving their posts without having a legal tussle first. Transport group Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization Transport Coalition (Stop & Go) has filed a complaint against the two outgoing heads for allowing transportation network vehicle service or TNVS like Uber and Grabcar to operate without securing a franchise as required by law.

Jun Magno, president of the Stop & Go coalition, said that the two heads were responsible for graft by giving undue advantage to Uber, Grabcar and U-hop compared to taxi operators and PUV drivers who he said has lost potential income and passengers because of the new services.

“Even before the issuance of the respondents of the said department order and memorandum circulars, it already deeply affected the rights of the complainants’ officers and members being concerned citizens, taxpayers, operators and drivers of public utility vehicles. Many taxi drivers transferred to TNVS as they could allegedly have relatively good income, passengers of taxis and AUV express decreased tremendously as commuting public tried the use of TNVS resulting to loss of income of operators and drivers of these taxis and AUV express,” the complaint read.

For his part, Ginez said that Magno’s complaint has no basis, and that the department order that allowed the TNVS to operate was well within the law.
The filing of a complaint against me and Secretary Abaya for allegedly allowing the operation of Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), such as Uber and Grab, is a desperate move by Mr. Magno of Stop & Go. After failing to convince the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City in granting his prayer for injunction against DOTC and LTFRB in implementing the Department Order and Memorandum Circulars creating TNVS as a new mode of public transportation, Mr. Magno is resorting to pernicious act of forum shopping to dissuade us from providing our commuting public with safe, reliable, convenient and comfortable transportation that is sanctioned by our existing transportation laws,” Ginez said.

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John Nieves

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9 Comments

  1. May katwiran naman ang mga taxi operators, ang mahal mahal kumuha ng franchise sa ltfrb tapos andali lang ng requirements para sa mga app-based taxis. Ok lang na pumasok ang uber at grabtaxi basta babaan din ang taxi franchising fees. Taasan naman ang fees at stricter regulations sa mga jeepney drivers.

  2. “lost potential income and passengers because of the new, more efficient services.”

    make your service better para kumita kayo.

    1. i agree! if they provide better service (fair price for taxis, timed wait times for buses/jeepneys), better equipment (ie well maintained vehicle) then for sure the public would choose them over because of efficiency and practicality. the only reason i choose to ride uber is because taxis tend to ask for more because of traffic, out of his way, etc… while jeepney drivers tend to wait a loooooong time to fill up despite not being in a terminal just because the see a potential passenger a couple of blocks away.

  3. Walang katwiran ang mga taxi operators. At walang katwiran si Jun Magno at ang Stop & Go coalition. Consumer ang dapat masunod, at consumer ang dapat sundin ng DOTC at LTFRB ng ayon sa batas. Hindi dapat masunod ang taxi operators. Tama ang ginawa ni Abaya at Ginez.

    1. Wala kang alam kung magkano ang binabayaran ng mga operators taon taon para lang makapag-operate. Subukan mong maginvest sa kotse, franchise at iba’t ibang rehistro ewan ko lang kung tumagal ka ng 3 months sa negosyo. Pabor ako sa reklamo ng taxi operators. At kung hindi mo rin alam may kaso sa america ang uber for tax evading reasons. Your siding with the devil dahil maganda ang pinapakita ng uber sayo. Knowledge first before writing comments bata.

      1. Comparison ba gusto mo?
        Tax evasion lang masabi mo sa uber?
        E pano ung sa taxis na pinagmamalaki mo?
        1. Rape
        2. Patong pamasahe / out of the way / mapili sa pasahero
        3. Holdap taxi
        4. Pasikot sikot technique – para dagdag pasahe

        Hindi ko nilalahat pero see the difference? Ha? Matanda?

      2. @Archie, kung maganda ang service ng local transport natin walang susuporta sa uber at grab. Eh ang kaso sablay sablay din sila. Wala kaming pakielam sa plight nila kung tuwing sasakay ako ng taxi eh feeling nila lagi silang agrabyado at kelangan kong magdagdag para ihatid lang ako sa gusto kong puntahan. Ang kinaganda ng mga apps na ito ay di nila tinotolerate ang basurang ugali na ito. 4.1 – 4.2 na rating pa lang sipa na kagad ang mga kupal na driver. Bago at mababango pa ang mga kotse hindi mga dated shit from the early 2000s. Ang taxi system ng Pilipinas ang dapat tanggalin at palitan ng mga app based system na ito.

  4. Actually medj unfair rin sa mga lumang taxi operators na kailangan pa sila magbayad for franchise just to operate their taxi. As far as I know, wala pa talagang batas na nagreregulate sa mga TNVS kaya this issue arises. Normally, TNVS is just an addition to the normal taxi routine kaya, para sa akin, dapat yun driver na nagwowork using TNVS ay magbayad ng franchise to operate. Though ang tunay na kikita dito ay ang TNVS.

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