Uber filed a motion for reconsideration against the LTFRB’s sudden suspension order.
In a Facebook post, Uber said that they will continue operations in Manila and Cebu today until the motion is resolved. “Over the course of this morning, tens of thousands of riders were left stranded, causing needless inconvenience, while drivers were unable to access the earning opportunities they rely on,” they said. “We are looking forward to urgently resolving this matter with LTFRB in the interests of everyone who depends on Uber every day.”
Check your apps, everyone!
It’s hard to stomach the fact that the LTFRB handed a one-month suspension to Uber. According to the order, the ride-sharing company defied orders to not accept and activate drivers. Take note that this was also so sudden that both drivers and riders didn’t have time to adjust.
Uber also put this into effect starting today and apologized to everyone affected.
I even checked the app when I woke up and it says “Uber No Longer Available.”
How will this affect us? As we’ve mentioned before, it will be difficult for people to travel. Especially since public transportation isn’t always the safest option with the current traffic situation. Netizens also pointed out how LTFRB should also fix the defects of PUVs and penalize rude taxi drivers.
Dear @LTFRB havy you tried flagging taxis to take you for long distances. Suggest you try and see how many times drivers beg off.
Sen. Grace Poe echoed the sentiments of several citizens that the order greatly affects the public and “places the riders’ well-being at risk by limiting their options.” She also emphasized that LTFRB should’ve just placed “a corresponding administrative penalty” instead of suspending Uber’s operations.
Another important question is how this will affect the drivers. They will lose income for a month, though LTFRB ordered Uber to compensate the affected peers and drivers. But will that be enough? They need to support their families after all. One netizen posted a similar conversation with her Uber driver last night, and it’s quite saddening.