It’s no secret that traffic in Manila is just bad. It’s gotten to a point now that it’s not uncommon for vehicles stuck in traffic to run out of gas since everything is at a standstill. And while the government tries to improve infrastructure by making more roads for vehicles, the sooner we come to the realization that there’s simply too many cars on the roads in our cities, the sooner we can address the problem.
Carpooling is one of the easiest, fastest ways to reduce the number of vehicles on the road today, and ride-sharing app Uber knows this. Their uberPOOL service, which allows people to carpool, has gained massive traction since its launch back in June, and to date the service has managed to move 121,000 people – around 1% of Manila’s population.
uber feels that carpooling is one of the main solutions to Manila’s traffic problem, but there’s a complication. The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a memorandum suspending the acceptance of new applications of transport network vehicle services, which means uber’s uberPOOL initiative, specifically the vehicles that can be used for it, is limited.
That’s why they’ve started a petition asking for the government to lift the ban on TNVS registration and partner with them to solve Manila’s horrendous traffic sitiuation. Currently the petition is at the 12833 mark, which is growing by the minute.
If you want to sign the petition, you can go here.