The leaders of different transport groups on Wednesday filed a case against a ride-sharing company for its alleged violation of orders of the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board directing it to cease accepting new members onto its platform and stop its operations for a month.
Uber said it continued to accept new applications for drivers amid strong demand for the service, but did not process them.
Past year the LTFRB suspended the acceptance and processing of applications for all ride-sharing services, including Uber and Grab, to investigate how to regulate the industry.
The senator expressed hope that the LTFRB can propose a new framework to institutionalize changes to improve transportation in the country.
"We look forward to urgently resolving this matter, and thank the public for its support over the last 24 hours", Uber said.
"We will now review whether or not to renew (Uber's) accreditation just like any TNC, we will (look at its) performance", Lizada said. He said that penalties will still have to be meted out.
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Uber has offered to pay a fine rather than be suspended. "And if there's been a misunderstanding in the past, that's on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding", he added.
"Show some kind of respect to the board", she added.
Uber said the suspension order will affect its 66,000 TNVS partners and their one million active users.
Last month, 50,000 of Uber's and Grab's vehicles were nearly suspended since they lacked certificates of public conveyance to operate.
Uber's brief suspension in the Philippines on Tuesday prompted messages of frustration from many people on social media, who said Uber was better than other transportation options available in Manila, the country's sprawling capital.
"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", Uber said in a statement released yesterday morning.
An Uber representative told a House committee earlier this month that of its 66,000 drivers in the Philippines, only about 2,500 of them have proper permits.