Posted on April 06, 2016 11:38:00 PM
By Daphne J. Magturo, Reporter
THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has dismissed applications of more than 5,000 Uber Systems, Inc. operators for failing to meet documentary requirements.
“We have given them ample time to comply with all the necessary documents, we have duly informed Uber as early as October of last year, but they seem to be very much occupied that most applications failed to submit formal offer of evidence,” LTFRB Board Member Antonio Ariel E. Inton, Jr. said in a statement yesterday.
“Hence, we have no choice but to issue the Order of Dismissal.”
Mr. Inton said the agency dismissed 5,048 out of the 11,727 applications it received as of April 4.
The rejected applicants will be removed from Uber’s system and are not allowed to transport passengers.
“Previously the LTFRB was being accused of favoring the transport[ation] network companies for being lenient and extra kind,” Mr. Inton said.
“I believe the dismissal of more than 5,000 applications will give those detractors the thought that our Agency is indeed fair.”
On August 19 last year, the Philippines became the first country to legalize US-based Uber, a month after accrediting its Singapore-based rival GrabCar. This developed, after the government created a new transportation classification that would regulate online-based firms which it called Transportation Network Companies.
Uber operates in 60 countries in North, Central, and South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific.