Philippines regulator denies Uber's appeal on one-month suspension

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They added the ride-sharing platform continued "its illegal operations" which resulted in the LTFRB order on August 14 suspending its operations for a month.

Transport regulators allowed Uber to file a new appeal on its suspension.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra told Brown his organisation was not picking a fight with Uber and hoped the problem could be resolved at a meeting set for August 23. This episode in the saga didn't last long either.

Looking at the positive side of the Uber experience, Lizada said that lessons were learned that giving too much room to the TNC may lead to abuse.

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Extending financial assistance will be "an expression of good faith as their accredited peer-operators would not have suffered the current predicament were it not for the predatory actions of respondent Uber", the LTFRB said.

Aquino also said that it was brought up in the meeting that Uber should compensate drivers for the days that they will not be able to use their vehicles.

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The Philippines suspension is the latest setback this year to Uber, one of the most valuable startups in the world with a valuation upwards of $60 billion, which is struggling to recover from a series of scandals.

"The Board expressly directed that there shall be no acceptance of additional application for accreditation of transport network vehicle services (TNVS)". Uber suspended its operations the following day, Tuesday. "We're here to respect the regulator and in this case, if there was a misunderstanding, I apologize".

In the appeal to LTFRB, Uber said it had the right to due process and wanted a stay of implementation of the suspension.

The senator pointed out that although Uber was "in-demand" by passengers, it is not an excuse to defy government regulations.

"Operating more than 50,000 colorum vehicles sets a risky precedent, and if not stopped would wreck [sic] havoc to the country's transport plans and programs, specifically the Modernization Program, which aims to enhance transport service and uplift the lives of transport workers", it said. "What other options can we pick?", said Lizada adding that Uber's defiance is challenging the regulator's powers.

Last month, Uber and local rival Grab were each fined and ordered to stop accepting and activating new drivers.

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