While both Uber and Grab narrowly avoided catastrophe no thanks in part to the intervention of Senator JV Ejercito, both companies are now facing yet another roadblock to compliance with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). According to the LTFRB, they’ve lost the accreditation papers of both Uber and Grab, which is horrifying considering that both ride-sharing companies are renewing their permits to operate.
“Pagpasok po namin diyan sa opisina namin, for the record, nawala po ang accreditation papers ng Uber and Grab,” Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board spokesperson Aileen Lizada told DZMM.
“We want to know nasaan ang accreditation papers nila kasi doon namin makikita nasaan ang business design nila, what did they submit, ano ba talaga ang kanilang proposal, how they will go about their business. Hindi po namin makita ang papeles na iyun,” she added.
The loss of the papers come at the heels of LTFRB’s controversial order to start apprehending colorum Grab and Uber drivers who have not received their Provisional Authority to operate since the agency halted processing of said permits last year.
Grab’s accreditation expired this month, on July 3, while Uber’s is set to expire on August.
The accreditation papers, Lizada said, were supposed to be in the safekeeping of a former LTFRB executive director but his staff said they were not holding the documents.