The LTFRB is unfazed by the overwhelming public backlash against them
Despite the overwhelming negative publicity because of their recent actions against two of the most popular ride sharing apps in the Philippines, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board remains unfazed and tells both Uber and Grab to take their business elsewhere if they will not comply with the law.
“If there would be a right-minded, law-abiding TNC who will be supportive of this, [we will support them], but for those TNCs who are not supportive or compliant, get your business elsewhere,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said on Tuesday, July 18.
“To Grab and Uber, do not come to us now to solve your mess,” LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said.
The LTFRB is putting the blame squarely on both Uber and Grab, with Delgra accusing them of deliberately not telling their partner drivers to go to the LFTRB to get a franchise before signing up.
Lizada stated that both companies have earned millions from allowing around 30,000 drivers to operate without being registered with the LTFRB.
The LFTRB earlier suspended the registration of drivers for both companies back in July 21, 2016, which halted the issuance of provisional authority permits that allowed Uber and Grab drivers to operate legally.
Despite the suspension, both Uber and Grab continued to accommodate partner drivers to meet rider demand. Both companies have been meted with a Php 5 million fine and told to clear out all colorum drivers by July 26, 2017.