If you’re a regular Uber user and you’ve probably gotten Uber’s email notice that they’re temporarily suspending their services to comply with the LTFRB’s order issued on August 14.
It says in the statement:
“In compliance with the LTFRB order issued on August 14, 2017, we are temporarily suspending operations starting at 6:00am, Tuesday August 15.
We understand that this will impact thousands of riders and drivers, and we apologize for the inconvenience this will cause.
We are deeply committed to serving you, and are doing everything we can to resolve this situation in the soonest possible time. We are grateful for the support you have given us.
We look forward to serving you again soon.”
The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the ride-sharing app on Monday due to Uber violating its July 26 order to transport network companies to stop accepting applications for accreditation of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) and the eventual activation.
“This is an open defiance of the order dated 26 July,” LTFRB Spokesperson Aileen Lizada said.
The five-page order reads:
“While the Board commiserates with the plight of Uber’s affected TNVS peers, after a thorough and painstaking deliberation, the Board is constrained to impose the penalty of One (1) month suspension on the accreditation of the Respondent Uber System Inc., and is hereby ordered to cease and desist its operation of their online booking application during the period of suspension.”
The advisory “strongly recommends” Uber to extend financial assistance to driver-partners for the extent of the suspension.
Needless to say, the pvblic, majority of those who use Uber, spoke up about the issue:
working on a diss track called 'fuck @LTFRB'
and a slow jam titled 'love u forevs @Uber'
— Jess Connelly (@JessicaConnelly) August 14, 2017
Senator Grace Poe voiced out her thoughts on the suspension, saying: “Without reliable public transportation, those who depend on Uber for their daily commute will have to find an alternative or revert to their long and usual daily grind. Was the interest of the riding public, that is now compromised and jeopardized, ever factored in when the LTFRB came up with the suspension order? The LTFRB is well aware that even Uber’s competitor admits that it is unable to service all those who try to book with them.”
Statement on LTFRB's order to suspend Uber pic.twitter.com/tqIERRF0bY
— GRACE POE (@SenGracePOE) August 14, 2017
LTFRB: "Taxis are unsafe. Buses cause traffic. MRT keeps breaking down."
LTFRB: "Hmm.. Let's cancel UBER!"
— Slater Young (@thatguySLATER) August 14, 2017
Reporter Teddy Locsin weighed in on the “financial assistance” recommendation:
Extend financial assistance to the Uber drivers it has just stripped of their earning capacity? What kind of mentality is that? Unbelievable
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) August 14, 2017
LTFRB assures public that Uber suspension won't affect high government officials. "They have chauffeured cars. And wang wang."
— alan c. robles (@hotmanila) August 14, 2017
LTFRB chooses to suspend Uber to allow taxi drivers to continue to harass and take advantage of the commuters.
— Matuwid Sino (@matuwid_sino) August 14, 2017
What do inefficient people do? Get rid of who's efficient so they'll look like they're doing something. That's LTFRB to Uber. 😈
— Coycoy P. Cordova (@coycordova) August 14, 2017
— Jessica Feliciano (@_IcaFeliciano) August 14, 2017
If Uber violated rules/laws, make it pay hefty fines. Suspension punishes the passengers, unless LTFRB favors taxi operators.
— Carlos Hernandez (@CarlosTheFierce) August 14, 2017
What the f is wrong with LTFRB? Uber's suspension means riders will be forced to take cabs again. Why kill a market that benefits people? 👎🏻
— Mark Angelo Roma🇵🇭 (@YourFACTbuddy) August 14, 2017
Uber has now filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB.
We’ve filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB and will be resuming and continuing operations until the motion is resolved. pic.twitter.com/CNqXc9cjhw
— Uber Philippines (@Uber_PH) August 15, 2017
How will you be affected by this suspension? Leave a comment below.