LTFRB lifts Uber’s suspension

Photo via enterpreneur.com.ph

By Lara Tan/CNN Philippines – Uber’s suspension was lifted on Tuesday after it complied with the government’s requirements, officials said.

Uber on Tuesday paid a hefty ?190 million fine to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. It also showed proof it has paid its drivers ?299,244,000 in financial assistance for the 15 days their drivers could not work as a result of the suspension.

“Imposing the fine on Uber was a painful decision for us pero ginawa lang namin ang trabaho namin,” said LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada.

Uber Head of Communications Cat Avelino said commuters may book Uber rides as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We have complied with the requirements outlined by the LTFRB, and are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Philippines again,” Avelino said.

“We have complied with the requirements outlined by the LTFRB, and are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Philippines again. Our operations will resume at 5 p.m.,” Avelino said.

Uber previously paid a ?5 million fine imposed by regulators on July 18 for allowing colorum vehicles to operate.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade defended the fines set by the LTFRB, saying these were meant to ensure that transport network companies complied with the law.

“Hindi ho pera pera ang usapan lang dito. Naging incidental ang pera. Ang mensahe dito: It’s all about compliance,” Tugade said. (Translation: “It’s not just money we’re talking about. Money is incidental. The message here is: It’s all about compliance.”)

The July 18 fine, along with the ?489 million due Tuesday “cost Uber close to half a billion pesos for defying government regulations, putting at risk tens of thousands of colorum Uber TNVS, as well as the riding public,” Lizada said.

Uber has 36,367 registered vehicles.

LTFRB suspended Uber on August 14 for violating a July 26 order stopping the company from accepting and approving new applications for accreditation.

Find more like this: News

  • OPINION: Commemorating 637 years of Islam in the Philippines
  • Actress Maria Isabel Lopez to be penalized for using ASEAN lane
  • What went on during Trudeau’s visit at Jollibee
  • Why Angkas is illegal
  • Isabel Granada given military honors
  • Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

    Entertainment

  • Pixar’s first female supervising animator is Pinoy
  • Miss Great Britain training for Miss Universe with Pinoy coaches
  • The story behind the Pinoy-made ‘tsinelas’ action figures
  • Pinoy rap pioneer Vincent Daffalong dies at 64
  • Singer from Manila becomes 4th Filipino to enter ‘X Factor UK’
  • MORE...

    Features

  • ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims 23 kilometers for peace in Mindanao
  • Former Pinoy dishwasher now owner of pizzeria in Italy
  • Women’s servitude blights Philippine society
  • Filipino hikers seen picking up litter praised widely by HK netizens
  • ‘Fotobam’ is Pinoy Word of the Year
  • MORE...

    Tourism

  • El Nido to impose daily visitor limits in 3 iconic tourist sites
  • Philippines starts building world’s first resort airport
  • aurumOne Makati Hotel – ‘Perfectly Simple’
  • Palawan is world’s top island; Boracay 12th
  • Philippines waives visa requirements for 7 more countries
  • MORE...

    Sports

  • Laker Jordan Clarkson: ‘It feels good to be Filipino’
  • 75-year-old Pinoy lola sets powerlifting record
  • ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ takes 10-km swim in Southern Leyte
  • Joshua Pacio guns to make history as youngest Pinoy MMA world champ
  • The Filipino divers everyone is making fun of are actually total class acts.
  • MORE...

    OFW News

  • The ‘bagong bayani’ of the Philippines
  • Which countries pay OFWs the highest?
  • Are you an OFW? Here are bad spending habits you need to break
  • Pinoy maids in Singapore get $50 salary raise
  • Strong demand seen for Pinoy workers in South Korea
  • MORE...

    Environment

  • Luzon has greatest concentration of unique mammals
  • Mindanao plants 3M trees in an hour, challenges world record
  • Fighting for sharks in the Philippines
  • DENR to crush seized elephant tusks, drops ceremonial burning
  • British billionaire promotes solar bulbs
  • MORE...

    Pinoy Places
    and Faces