Lift Uber PH Suspension

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The concept of ridesharing is relatively new here in the country and in 3 years since Uber Philippines was launched it served thousands of riders and drivers and made millions of trips in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

Uber, together with other ridesharing applications, is so new in the Philippines that it shakes the decades-old transport laws in the country. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, the government agency mandated to control and regulate public transport, has recently issued a suspension order against Uber, citing laws that apply only to PUVs (like jeepneys, taxicabs, and buses). There is a current debate if ridesharing platforms, like Uber, fall within the current definition of PUVs: something that only the Congress can define by updating our existing laws.

In the absence of such laws concerning ridesharing platforms, I urge the Department of Transportation and the LTFRB to lift the suspension order in the name of the riding public whom they both serve. If it is the safety and welfare of the public they have in mind in coming up with their decision, I urge them to listen to the commuters.

Uber is not perfect. Just like all human inventions, it has its own flaws. But Uber is the best we’ve got. As a commuter, I choose Uber. I don’t want that option taken away from me, from us.

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