Uber vows to follow LTFRB regulations; extends financial aid to affected drivers

Uber exec apologizes to Delgra; Uber drivers’ financial assistance will depend on their performance

Within the first week of the one-month suspension ordered by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), ride-hailing service Uber vowed to comply with the regulations of the Philippine transport regulator.

Uber Technologies Southeast Asia manager Michael Brown apologized to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra for failing to adhere to the order to stop accepting the applications of new drivers.

Despite the high demand of passengers for Uber, Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito stated that it is not an excuse to defy government regulations, and penalties will still have to be meted out.

“I know that they’re popular, that’s why we want them to be back on the streets as soon as possible. We just made it clear that we want the interest of the riding public as a priority,” said Ejercito.

However, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV opposed the idea of temporarily suspending operations of Uber, and said that instead of suspension, the LTFRB should only impose a fine so that it won’t affect the company’s daily operations, and to avoid inconveniences to commuters.

Aquino also expressed his hope that the LTFRB can propose a new framework to systematize the public transportation in the country.

With its suspension, Uber extended financial to its 66,000 drivers, but they will not receive the same amount.

Uber’s financial assistance will depend on the driver’s performance for the past 28 days, and will be computed according to the total amount of collected fare during that period. The assistance will run while the company is fixing its issue with the LTFRB.