LTFRB official seeks Uber moratorium

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LAND Transportation Franchi¬sing and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) director Ariel Inton has asked Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to immediately order a moratorium on Uber taxi applications, or Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS).

“We are flooded with applications that run into thousands while there are about 5,000 Uber taxis operating already. This oversupply has caused a dent on the income of operators and their drivers,” Inton told The Manila Times.

According to him, active TNVS operators are complaining that from a high of P60,000 to P80,000 a month, their share has been reduced to around P20,000 due to the growing number of units issued with provisional authority to operate.

“There is an abundance of new vehicles that are being applied for. The problem is car manufacturers increased sales and Uber management draw huge profits when the riding public and expecting TNVS provider (operator) maybe affected in the long run,” Inton explained.


He added that there are “colorum” Uber operators.

“I have asked (Abaya) to slow down and allow time for government to study the ramifications of this. There is definitely a saturation point that once reached, we will be faced with huge problems. We must identify all these problem areas before they become one,” Inton said.

He cited the case of a “colo¬rum” Uber operator who threatened the life of a passenger who works as a flight attendant for a local airline.

Inton said there are a number of legal issues that confront the operation of such public utility vehicles that should be settled first.

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  1. How about GrabCar ? Seemingly, it has also reached an oversupply of cars under its banner. Many GrabCar investor/drivers are complaining about the deep dip (by as much as 70 to 80%) in their incomes due to the sudden (disastrous) drop in passenger volume thus many are unable to even pay their monthly amortization on their car loans. Also, it is reported that its operations are terribly erratic with frequent downtimes and system changes of their booking network system and frequent and arbitrary (experimenting ?) changes in their revenue-sharing policies. On top of this, GrabCar’s management refuse to heed these plaints of their operators – even worse than if they are their employees. Doesn’t investors have “more” rights than employees ? Some complainants even say that management treats them as slaves with zero rights despite their huge personal investments. Attention: Chairman Winston Ginez and Sec Abaya: Please have this investigated immediately ! Maybe GrabCar, reportedly a Malaysian company, is not aware of the local corporation laws of the Philippines.