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[Op. Ed] LTFRB, You’re Making Our Lives Miserable by Shutting Down Uber

by Carlo Ople  October 23, 2014

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This Means War

News just broke out that the LTFRB is going to fine Uber vehicles Php200,000 and they will impound the vehicles for 3 months at the LTO. This just smacks of hardcore lobbying by the affected taxi groups and reflects how shortsighted and backward thinking the officials are at the LTFRB.

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Robbed Twice in Cabs

Almost everyone has a story about a terrible story riding a taxi in the Philippines either about themselves or about someone they know.

Personally I’ve been held up/robbed twice while riding cabs. The first was really more stupidity on my part when a kid along Guadalupe suddenly opened the door (I left it unlocked) and grabbed my phone. The second one was when a man suddenly entered and thrust a knife towards me and asked for my bag (driver ran away and left me and the cab).

My wife and her colleague at work was also held at knifepoint while she was riding an FX. My sister also had a similar incident in a cab.

Ever since these incidents I’ve always been paranoid when riding taxis in the Philippines. I’ve resorted to even hiring a second driver just to make sure that my wife doesn’t have to commute when she goes to work.

Uber was Heaven Sent

I was beyond ecstatic when Uber finally launched in the Philippines. They’ve made a reputation worldwide for being safe, clean, and convenient — everything that most cabs aren’t here in the Philippines. I’m a loyal customer and I know a lot of my friends and co-workers also use Uber regularly.

That’s why it sucks that the LTFRB, who’s mandate is to protect and safeguard the people who commute and travel, are the ones shutting down the very service that made life so much better for us.

By shutting down Uber the LTFRB is sending out a signal to future technopreneurs and companies that we are a backward country. By going after Uber, the LTFRB is showing that they favor the taxi operators over the safety of Uber Pinoy customers.

I would like to ask LTFRB officials to reconsider their decision and to side with the people.

And oh hell yeah we will make a whole lot of noise about this. The Unbox team is already working on the paperwork that we will submit Senators, Congressmen, and various organizations (like the IMMAP and DCOM) next week asking them to look into the LTFRB’s decision. We’re doing this for safer commuting in the metro and to help shape the Philippines as a country that welcomes technology and progress.

The middle class have been screwed too much already. It’s time to fight back and we are more than willing to be the first ones on the beachhead, guns blazing.

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    The reason why uber is being shut down is because it has yet to secure a franchise required by the law from companies that offer its services to the public. Companies that provide a public service,like buses, jeeps, taxis and telcos, have to secure a franchise because they need to be regulated by government. If, for example, uber does not need a franchise to operate and something happens to a passenger because of a driver’s negligence, the ltfrb cannot do anything and the passenger would have to file a case in court to run after uber. But if uber has a franchise and something happens because of its negligence, then the ltfrb can suspend its franchise and prevent them from operating,similar to what happened with din Mariano an Florida bus lines. So you see, this requirement is really for the public and if uber wants to operate,then it should simply apply for a franchise. Again,this is a requirement by law and the ltfrb is merely implementing it. If people are really against it, then the proper venue would be congress and we should ask them to change the law.

    Middle class is an illusion fabricated by the 5% haves to fool the 95% have nots in order to prevent revolution and class warfare.

    They instill it on the poor that they, too, can also be rich AS LONG AS THEY WORK FOR THE ELITE.

    Pie in the sky by and by.

    Our so called democracy is actually capitalism – this so called freedom is an illusion as we are continually enslaved by society and the rich and powerful.

    So, you’re saying that I, and many others, who commute and can seasonally travel don’t exist? C’mon! Maybe you’re a delusional member of that 5% who doesn’t want the majority to rise in income status.

    AND BY THE WAY, how is your delusional idea relevant to this article?

    Not totally agreeing with you tea party sentiments sir but you are right, there is no middle-class. Meron lang pa-class that would like a slice of entitlement that the rich have in terms of comfort and convenience of owning their own transport.

    That is not wrong per se with their patronage with Uber. But, Uber must follow and operate within the confines of the law.

    Uber is still new here in the Philippines and thus is clearly a breathe of fresh air for the harassed commuter but let us not be naive to think that they are not capable of the entrenched transportation providers’ shenanigans as well.

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/18/5221428/uber-surge-pricing-vs-price-gouging-law

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/10/20/uber-driver-forcibly-pulls-rider-from-his-car-smashes-her-phone-after-disagreement-over-directions-in-san-francisco/

    http://valleywag.gawker.com/uber-calls-womans-20-mile-nightmare-abduction-an-ineff-1645819700

    Why the hell would they focus their resources on this? This is helping alot of people in Manila. The Uber business created alot of jobs that actually have good pay for drivers. This is just plain stupid. What I can think of is, someone on the top of LTFRB has been invited to GrabTaxi’s BoD.

    If Uber gets out of business in Manila, GrabCar would monopolize the short-term private car rental service sector.

    I ride Uber everyday since 4 months ago and I never went through unsafe stuff.

    Again, utterly stupid.

    This is despicable. Uber is the best thing to EVER happen to public transpo here in PH. This private company they are shutting down is doing their job for them making everyday transportation safe and convenient while they sit around and get paid doing god-knows-what.

    I’ve read about this before. They wanted Uber to secure a franchise. It’s always about the money with the government isn’t it. Sheeesh.
    http://www.interaksyon.com/motoring/stop-ltfrb-not-happy-about-latest-transport-apps-craze-uber-and-tripid

    Totally agree .The only reason why the LTFRB is after Uber is because the LTFRB DID NOT GET MONEY . .plain and simple . .it doesnt require a degree in nuclear physics to figure it out . .

    its not about what class you’re in… not everyone can afford uber. the thing is there is bias over shutting down uber.. i’ve tried it 10 times since its launch and it really is worth it.. im just a regular joe, works in a call center and just like anybody else afraid of my safety everytime my shift is so damn late. LTFRB needs a lot of explanation to do with this..

    From my understanding, Uber currently uses rent-a-cars which are established business with the necessary permits to operate. Now, what Uber does is provdie these rent-a-cars another venue to provide their services to their customers, albeit for a short period of time. It’s like using olx.ph to get customers to use your car for hire.

    So how is this “colorum”? The drivers are registered/paid salaries by the rent-a-car companies which are also registered.

    Any lawyers here to provide any information on what laws Uber is infringing to better clarify things?

    Why not find out who are the people in LTFRB that are trying to stop UBER and find out why are they are doing that? Maybe it’s better pointing our fingers at individual people instead of the LTFRB as a whole.

    Carlo, I go with your. Sentiments on this regard. My daughter had a traumatic experience riding an FX. Almost they were held up if not because of their sensitivity and alertness to the situation. They alighted from that FX. Go go go Carlo

    This is what happens when LTFRB execs own taxi cab fleets… protecting their own interests against a long-term solution that would make taxis obsolete.

    I’ve been riding with uber for a while and I love that it is very convenient, safe, and much affordable. I’m quite alarmed when I heard that they were shut down by LTFRB. Ugghh much hassle. Why don’t they hunt down taxi drivers who are choosing their passengers, not to mention those with butingting in their metro. They should implement heavier fine for them instead of closing down uber.

    In the end it’s all about the money. LTFRB is siding with the people who pays for tarifa’s and such. Tell them to fix the rate issues with taxi’s before they start apprehending UBER cars. Philippines is the only country where the taxi driver is the one giving the rate of how much you will pay him just to drop you off somewhere.

    The issue of the LTFRB and PNTOA is not with Uber per se in using its app service. It is in the fact that they are using private cars in picking up passengers and charging rates that is not prescribed/ regulated by the government. What is happening is any Tom, Dick and Harry can operate a For Hire transport vehicle using their personal private car. If this is allowed to continue then we can just abolish entirely the strictly regulated taxi or public transport system and have all individuals simply contract out transport services on their own. I can assure you this would later on lead to more chaos as there would be no regulation whatsoever.

    If Uber and the other car sharing app services would only stay true to their purpose of simply connecting commuters and valid for hire vehicles (taxis and valid rent a cars) then there would not be a problem. The issue, such as the case of the Fortuner that was apprehended, is that it is a Private vehicle being used as a For Hire vehicle to the public. This cannot be. If Uber only contracts to legitimate for hire vehicles then there would be no issue I think.

    Whatever comfort you get, it is illegal. They should not be serving as a public utility vehicle if they don’t have franchise. It is Uber’s fault. They did not study the law before launching here.
    LTFRB is doing what they are supposed to do. They are doing their job.

    Let’s not be hypocrites complaining when the government is not implementing the and nod that they are, we are still complaining because we are affected.

    We attended Uber orientation for their partners this morning…”seth” you are right.,most of their partners (providers) are into rent-a-car business (just like us) with complete business papers and are paying taxes. Part of their requirement to be a partner is a Personal Accident coverage of P200,000 ( I hope my memory serves me right since I wasn’t paying much attention ,my honey does????) both partners and passengers are safe with Uber…

    Uber is everyone’s PRIVATE driver. We are aware that Uber works like a private Car. Parang rent a car. Choice namin yun as commuter. At tigilan nga ako ng “public safety” nila. Ayusin ang puv’s para hindi na mag Uber ang mga kagaya ko na dalang dala sa taxi!

    The move to shut Uber down because of “safety concerns” is highly dubious. If taxi operators want more passengers, they should improve their services. They can start by hiring better drivers, making sure that they get the sort who won’t try mugging or drugging their customers. (Mind that not all cab drivers are vile. These good apples are rare and to be treasured. We’ve met most of these nice cab drivers through the lovely GrabTaxi app.)

    SAFETY
    A number of people we know have been victimized by “licensed and franchised” felons, including a young lady whom we heard screaming outside our old apartment. We ran to her aid just in time. The cab driver tried to retrieve her, but retreated at the sight of us. The poor girl was robbed and beaten with a tire wrench. She escaped by grabbing the tool from his hand, and breaking the window to open the cab door from the outside (because of the child lock). She was broke, bloodied, and confused. She told us that since she saw his face, he wanted to do away with her.

    A similar thing happened to a former officemate of mine who, after being asked to fork over her bag, made like an action hero and jumped out of the cab in the middle of South Superhighway. It was lucky that she didn’t get run over.

    Another former officemate was more compliant. After being taken to a dark spot along Malugay St., and being ganged up on by the cab driver’s armed companions (who were picked up at the corner of Malugay), she gave the crooks her bag and her ATM PIN.

    There’s also this incident with an angry cab driver who wanted more than what the meter stated. The driver attempted to run over my husband even after having been paid.

    CLEANLINESS
    More than a handful of times, my husband and I had the misfortune of riding cabs that were infested with roaches. Because the cabs are parked in dodgy areas, these pests crawl inside the vehicles and nest there. It’s horrible.

    AVERSION TO WHEELCHAIRS
    This year, I’ve been repeatedly refused service by many cab drivers because of my wheelchair, even though the trip is only from Greenbelt 1 to Rada Street. The taxi queue was useless. The cab drivers still got to pick and choose, anyway.

    REFUSING POTENTIAL PASSENGERS FOR ILLEGAL REASONS
    In my entire history of riding cabs, when rain falls, some of them would ask passengers for fare higher than what the meter states. They come up with all sorts of reasons, but it’s mainly driven by greed. They know there are more commuters than cabs so they try to con people into giving them more money.

    WHY I PREFER UBER
    Uber is an affordable private car service that offers safety and convenience.

    Uber is great because its drivers are honest and they don’t try to weasel more money out of passengers by not following the meter (or pretending not to have change and assuming that they deserve a 50-peso tip for a 50-peso trip). The entire process is very transparent, allowing family and friends to: 1) get the details of the driver (including his/her recent pic); and 2) get an accurate, real-time view of the passenger’s route.
    Uber’s app also has a feature that allows its passengers to split the fare as they please–all while using a cashless, smart phone-based system.

    Uber has eliminated inefficiencies so often found in public transport systems. It offers safety and convenience. It guarantees a comfortable means of transportation for people (like me) who require wheelchairs.

    I hope Uber stays on. It has innovated and designed its services in such a way that they are relevant to the market. We need more companies like it.

    Base sa aking mga nabasang kumento, dalawang bagay lamang. Una, ang Uber para sa akin ay isang bagong moda ng transportasyon na sa tingin ko, pinakamabisang alternatibong paraan lalo pa, na ang taxi dito sa pilipinas ay hindi epektibo. Tama kayong lahat. Maraming pangyayari na sa ating lahat; naholdap, naloko, pinaikot ikot at higit sa lahat, hindi isinakay kasi malayo daw. Ang pamimili nila ng pasahero ang isa sa madalas na inirereklamo. Ako, isang PWD, nakaranas ng hirap sa taxi. Nakasakay na ko, umuulan, at ng malamang pauwi ako ng paranaque, pinababa ako sa gitna ng ulan. Isa akong pilay. Makailang beses na nag reklamo sa LTFRB, ngunit, walang tugon.

    Nag Uber ako, tinulungan ako makasakay, magalang. Sa mga tao po na nag komento na lihis sa batas ang uber at kailangan talaga ng prangkisa para sa ikabubuti ng mga mananakay na katulad ko, bakit hindi muna kastiguhin ang mga taxi na namimili ng pasahero? Sila po ay may prangkisa, nasaan po ang sinasabi na kaligtasan ng mga pasahero at para maprotektahan ang mga mananakay? Hindi ko po nilalahat ang taxi, marami rin na mababait, pero wala naman pong tugon ang LTFRB pag merong reklamo.

    Pinakahuli po, baka po pwedeng ibalik ang uber para na rin sa kapakanan ng katulad kong PWD. Salamat ng marami.

    Nagpapatupad lang ng batas ang LTFRB. Kung walang permit para pumasada, COLORUM ang tawag dyan. Paano mo masasabing ligtas ang driver na gumagamit ng UBER kung di mo din naman kilala yung driver? Isa pa, meron tayong ibang alternatibo. Nandyan ang GRAB Taxi. Makakahanap ka rin ng ligtas na sasakyan.

    ininterview kanina LTFRB sa GMA DZBB…
    wal Franchise ang UBER nun nagoperate, so di raw insure passengers pag sumakay sa kanila 🙂
    wachathink?

    UBER is a private car service and therefore outside the purview of LTFRB. The fact is, the government has yet to come up with a policy to address this new product.

    If the current administration is so keen on regulating Uber, they should come up with relevant policies to address new technology-driven services. In the meantime, Uber is not violating any laws. Furthermore, the government should come up with laws in the interest of the consumer, instead of concentrating on the interests of a few businesses that think that having a franchise should guarantee them customers, even if they treat said customers badly.

    If cab services improved their services, they can effectively compete. It’s a free market. They should grow up. They can’t cry “foul” and “time-out” when things don’t go their way because of their own undoing.

    Supporting Uber is about wanting a better, safer and more affordable option for transportation. It’s about wanting to get to my destination in one piece without being charged P80 (not counting the tip) for a 52-peso trip (which is what I pay through Uber’s cashless payment system), and not being discriminated against because I’m a PWD with a wheelchair. Just saying.

    there’s really some sh*tt% things regarding the regulatory obligations of that agency (if ever they really do “regulate” the things needed to be… a suggestion might be to change their acronym to LTFIB).

    but on a serious note, it could be of help to understand as to why Uber and similar services are facing issues not only here in Manila (or inside the Philippines) but also in other parts/cities around the globe. try to search it online (via http://googlemogago.com/) -> “uber issues” … maybe it’ll help…

    yan ang hirap sa atin pag hindi natin makuha gusto natin sinasabi natin baka pera ang dahilan..

    makabago pero pano nyo po masasabing safe ang Uber kung di mo nman kilala driver, lakas ng loob pro rereklamo na lang tayo pag may masamang nangyari like nanakawan or rape, kung hindi po sya legal sa batas walang ahensya na nag aral para ipatupad ng mahusay ang Uber, nasa ibang bansa sya base, so rereklamo na lang kayo sa U.S. pag may nangyaring masama, papansinin po ba kayo?

    as sa mga driver ng Uber, pano din kaligtasan nila kung na Car-napped kotse nila, o na holdap sila ng hindi kilalang customer, illigal sya kaya walang magtatanggol sa kanila

    as sa mga galit po sa taxi, may mababait din pong driver, at may bastos ding pasahero kaya wag na kayo magreklamo.

    Sa Uber alam ng sasakay kung sino ang driver. Kung gagawa ng katarantaduhan, mas madali hulihin.

    At para makagamit ka ng uber, may registration process din. Kung mangangarnap ka, edi mahuhuli ka din, kasi kilala ka. Credit card kailangan mo para magbayad, sa pagkuha mo pa lang ng credit card, malalaman na kung sino ka eh.

    May mga matitinong driver ng taxi, marami akong kaibigang driver – at hindi lang dahil sa nasakyan ko sila ha, dahil bago pa maging driver, kaibigan na ng pamilya namin. Pero kahit sila, na alam kong mabait, aminado…. Kapag tumagal ka sa pagtataxi, balang araw, aabutan ka ng pagkakataon na kapos ang boundary mo at mamimili ka ng pasahero.

    Kung ikaw ba makikisakay ka sa kaibigan mo, kunwari papasundo ka sa airport (na kung saan sandamakmak ang mga taxi na nangongontrata), at pagkatapos babayaran mo sha, iligal ba yun? Ganun lang naman nangyayari sa uber eh. Ang pagkakaiba lang, yung app ang nag iintroduce sa mananakay at sa driver.

    Hindi naman parang taxi mga uber driver na maghahanap ng pasahero at namimick-up (in that case, public transport sha kasi binubuksan nya suddenly sarili nya sa lahat ng tao na pumara sa kanya in an amount agreed upon by the regulating body of the government), bagkus, ang nangyayari ay kinoconnect ng app yung driver sa pasahero (na nagdemand) ng service nya which is an individual contract. Each single ride that an uber driver makes is an individual contract with whoever demands the ride.

    Uber would not agree to be outrightly registered as a public transport – it would erode the above argument which is their legal defense not only in the Philippines, but in the rest of the other countries it operates in. And in fact, the US Supreme court has ruled in favor of them in this.

    And as the Philippine Judiciary takes so much from the US Judiciary decisions too (if you don’t believe me, check out some SCRA literature) it should also hold water.

    Sa totoo lang, ang puno’t dulo nito ay hindi necessarily si Winson Ginez, who I personally believe to be a brilliant person (he’s not just a lawyer, he teaches law to one of the best law schools we have – San Beda). Kasi naiipit lang din sha sa pressure ng mga nagtutulak na mga hinayupak na PNTOA and Bong Suntay na 20 lang daw kuno ang taxi (BS, anong bente, baka 200 or 2000 pwede pa). Although I think Ginez is certainly wrong in what he’s currently doing. Ang puno’t dulo nito ay yung BOUNDARY SYSTEM na yan!

    PNTOA cries foul over unfair competition, yet they are trying to force drivers into an unfair situation, wherein guaranteed ang boundary nila kahit na kumita man o hindi ang driver. And dont tell me na “eh pumayag naman driver eh” malamang papayag yun kasi wala namang choice. It does not justify robbing passengers or any of those other things, but it DOES offer an explanation why those happen.

    Ang dali kasi sabihin na “magfranchise sila”. Alam nyo ba kung gaano kalaking LAGAY ang kailangan nyo para makapag franchise? Aysusme! So here are my suggestions:

    1. Abolish the boundary system, and learn to deal with the risk of operational losses taxi operators (para kayong Meralco, kung kami nga natry namin magbenta ng kanin at ulam, pag napanisan kami hindi naman namin sinisingil sa iba yung “losses” namin) and then compete!

    2. If they are really keen on the franchise thing – ayusin nyo muna systema nyo jan sa LTFRB. The main reason that franchising is difficult is not because mababawasan ang % ng kita ng UBER or ng partners (hello, ilang billion dollars ang warchest ng Uber, drop in the bucket yan) ang rason ay dahil hindi lang franchise fee ang cost – sandamakmak na tongpats (sa mga nangarap gaya namin dati na umangat sa buhay at magfranchise ng taxi pakiconfirm naman na totoo to). And the excessive restriction that that would bring to partners – yun ang unfair competition – gagamitin mo ang isang ahensya para mapangalagaan ang interest MO LAMANG, at hindi kasama publiko dun.

    3. They just let Uber operate, even for the meantime, while the laws are not yet applicable. We have a shortage of reliable transportation. Why not let Uber fill in the gaps? Bakit pag mahal na araw o araw ng mga patay, papayagan nila mga colorum na bus na mag operate? hindi ba kahit marami pasahero, “unfair competition” pa rin sha sa legitimate bus franchises? – Kaya ganun, kasi somehow, iniisip ng gobyerno din naman ang interes ng publiko. Same thing goes right now, Atty. Ginez. The crisis is not all saint’s or all souls day, it’s the lack of a safe, reliable, convenient mode of transportation – WHICH IS THE GOVERNMENT’S FREAKING MANDATE TO PROVIDE BY THE WAY. There are refusals to convey that has become so commonplace that it is like an open secret to everyone. There are driver perpetrators or connivers who rob passengers. And knowing our criminal justice system, iilan lang ang nalalaman and the actual figures are probably so much higher in reality.

    Totoo nga na mayroong matitinong driver ng taxi. Pero hindi sapat na dahilan yun para ijustify ang (for the sake of argument, kunwari kaunti lang) na nahohold up na pasahero. Kasi kung ikaw yung pasahero na naholdap, o asawa o anak mo yung narape, o ikaw yung may emergency na pupuntahan na hindi mo mapuntahan dahil tinanggihan ka nd driver – hindi ka mapapakalma pag sinabihan ka na “ok lang yan, sha lang naman, maraming ok na driver jan” kasi sa totoo lang, Customer ka. Nagbayad ka at Willing ka magbayad, sa mga tao na kumuha ng PRIVILEGE, AT HINDI RIGHT para KUMITA mula sa PAGHAHATID SAYO NG LIGTAS.

    It should ALWAYS be about the public. Kapag nga may nagrereklamo ng unfair competition, ang common na sinacite nilang dahilan ay ganito “that unfair competition would yield the closure of a business, that would therefore effectively render no competition against the erring business, and therefore would be detrimental to public interest” – which is also about the public (OT, kaya ayaw ng mga magsasaka ang AEC, kasi malulugi mga magsasaka, pag nalugi, walang magtatanim, we’ll be at the mercy of imports from other countries – public interest pa rin. Anyways, wala namang magsasakang nanghoholdap o nangrarape o tumatanggi magbenta ng bigas sa kahit na sinong nagugutom na may pambayad naman).

    Sorry ang haba ng comment ko. I just really feel so strongly about the topic. Taxi operators lang naman kasi talaga ang panalo sa current system. Kahit mga taxi drivers, kung lumipat sila sa Uber, mapopolice din naman sila eh.

    Nagsign up ako as a driver until inask na ako to provide details of my business. So meron naman palang business permits itong mga ito, and I read from one of the comments that those who are engaged in Uber service, usually has rent-a-car business. Okay so legit ang rent-a-car. Ang hindi ko lang alam (and probably most of us lalo na sa mga nakikisawsaw lang katulad ko), kung anong business permit ang ina-apply sa mga rent-a-car businesses. Comparing it to taxis, wala na gaanong pinagkaiba eh. Ang ino-offer lang ng Uber is more sosyal experience, even read a blog that she was so happy she got to ride a ~benz~ which Liz Uy happened to ride one time, too. Ah, okay? I mean, Liz Uy could have used her own car, but for the sake of promoting this service, and enticing those who idolize her (and other endorsers) she used the service. And it’s funny to note that “the middle class have been screwed to much already”. Oh, middle class with so much style you mean? Or maybe I’m too poor as an individual I’m bitter and ranting. There’s one good read about middle class in Ph. http://www.manilatimes.net/the-philippines-middle-class/9101/.

    Well, going back to the topic, ang sad lang how Filipinos condemn LTFRB for wanting to shut off Uber. Madaya naman if hindi nareregulate yung ganitong service. Tapos ang mga taxi driver, gine-generalize niyo. Meron namang mga mababait at tapat na drivers, sa totoo lang. Sila, kailangan nila mag ikot ikot to find a passenger, minsan pipila pa ng napaka-haba sa taxi lanes. Intindihin niyo rin naman sila when they can’t accommodate you kapag sobrang layo na ng lugar niyo. Tatay ko nga naiinis kapag nagpapahatid ako sa kung saan saan (considering wala siyang kasama pabalik ng bahay at gas expenses going back home) what more yung ginagawang hanap buhay to. Merong magco-comment dyan na yun naman ang work ng mga taxi drivers. Try niyo na lang mag-hail ng taxi na gumagarahe sa area niyo para they’d understand the hassle. I’ve tried that too many times, it never failed. And really, I read a blog comment hoping for Uber to win ‘case’ against an association who filed the complaint. REALLY. It just makes me sad. Yes, there may be LTFRB officers who operates taxi franchises but still, there are drivers who are affected.

    There are even comments regarding how California was the first state to regulate Uber services. This is not the United States. AND STOP COMPARING. Gusto niyo laging ganito, ganyan katulad sa US. We have this mindset that what’s in US is good for us too. Lahat ba ng ginawa, ginagawa nila sa atin maganda? Oh, please read the miseducation of the filipino by renato constantino. Such a good read, too. Someone even spreading a link (http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/09/19/california-becomes-first-state-to-regulate-ridesharing-services-lyft-sidecar-uberx/) but haven’t read this:(http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/09/12/california-threatens-to-shut-down-ubers-paid-carpools/).

    Why instead of asking the government for a better mass transit system, you’re on the roll asking them to shut and just go with the flow. NO! Uber is business, subcontracting businesses. It must be regulated just like other businesses. Sinasabi niyo na wala kasing lagay sa LTFRB kaya hindi maka-operate eh. Imaginin niyo na lang if Uber is operating under a different kind of business, hindi nagbabayad ng right taxes. Unfair naman sa ibang businesses diba. This goes to same services like GrabCar.

    It is quite uncanny reading the comments on how Uber does us favor. As President of the National Center for Commuter Protection, I would not recommend the use of this service for the following reasons:
    1. It does not have any franchise. Any car or vehicle owner who wants to get into the transport business whether to transport people or goods is required to apply for a franchise. it is the law. Anyone who does not want to comply with the law should not even be trusted. We as citizens of this country must firmly adhere and uphold our laws. That is the only way we can show our fellow Filipinos and even foreigners walking in our soils that too must respect our laws.
    2. A passenger who contracts a private vehicle is not covered by the common carrier law. It will be difficult for him to claim for insurance or any other compensation
    3. There are now modern taxi units that even have monitored CCTV in the units and therefore the owners are able to keep an eye on the unit and the driver.
    4. There are now tsteps which LTFRB, our organzation and the Taxi operators are taking in order to comprehensively make our travel as commuters more comfortable and safe.

    I hope that we can see light in this situation. Let us not try to make what is wrong, right by spraying make up and cologne in it. What is against the law is illegal. If they wanted to really honestly do a lawful business, then they show take steps to make their business legal

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