Uber and Grab have been patiently waiting for a little over a year for authorities to process, and now this is what is happening.
From July 26, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will apprehend Uber and Grab drivers, impounding their vehicles if they fail to show their permits or franchises.
This is after delaying the franchise applications of both companies for over a year and fining them both PHP 5,000,000 each.
Those drivers caught will be fined 120,000 Php and their vehicle impounded for 3 months.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “Grab and Uber representatives admitted they listed thousands of accredited drivers in their databases despite these drivers not having franchises to operate from the LTFRB.”
LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada told the Inquirer that “drivers with expired franchises but had applied for renewal would be allowed to continue using their cars” and both Uber and Grab must submit their updated list of drivers before July 30.
According to representatives, both ride-sharing apps have at least 56,000 accredited drivers but only about 3,700 drivers have been “authorized to operate.”
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