July 20, 2017

LTFRB: Uber, Grab to blame for ‘mess’

UBER partners waiting to be entertained at Kuala Lumpur Partners' Service Centre. UBER is a rideshare facility where users can earn money by becoming a driver.
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The impending crackdown on Grab and Uber drivers without the necessary franchise to operate is worrying thousands of commuters like government worker Karen who fears the directive may affect her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Karen, who studies law at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, told the Inquirer on Monday that while she understands that transport network companies should follow the rules on franchises, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) should be more considerate since thousands of commuters rely on this “convenient” and “efficient” mode of transport.

She said that should the LTFRB push through on July 26 with its decision to apprehend app-based drivers who do not have franchises to operate, she would be forced to ride in taxis whose drivers are sometimes rude and refuse to bring passengers to their destination.

Karen added that without the transport network companies (TNCs), her studies might be affected  […]

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