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Monsoon

Only a matter of time before the Philippines does what it does best:  screw up a good thing. 

 

 

  MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has temporarily stopped the operations of app-based transportation service Uber and GrabCar in the country.

A 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) was issued by Quezon City RTC Branch 217 on Department Order No. 2015-011 of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), which allowed online private vehicle booking services such as Uber and GrabCar.

The court granted the petition of Stop & Go Transport Coalition, which called for the operations to be stopped, claiming that the companies are operating illegally and are negatively affecting the businesses of other public utility vehicles (PUVs).

“Napakalaking epekto nito sa hanapbuhay ng mga miyembro namin na taxi driver at UV Express. Itong Uber at Grab, wala naman itong franchise,” Stop & Go Transport president Jun Magno told dzMM.

The Department Order, signed by Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya, aims "to encourage innovation across all forms of public land transportation order to increase mobility on major thoroughfares, boost travel times, improve the quality, sustainability and reliability of public transport services, and respond to the needs of the modern commuter."

Aside from allowing transportation network vehicle services (TNVS), the order also allowed the operation of bus rapid transit, airport buses, and premium taxis.

According to Magno, it is up to the DOTC if it needs to seek clarification from the court, as the group only opposes the operations of the app-based services.

A series of hearings on Stop & Go's petition to permanently stop the operations of Uber and GrabCar will be set.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved this year the accreditation of both Uber and GrabCar.

Under LTFRB's guidelines, these services are required to obtain a certificate of public convenience for every vehicle to ensure accountability.

In a statement, GrabTaxi Philippines said it has yet to receive the court order.

"We haven't received a memo from the RTC regarding the TRO but we're currently coordinating with the LTFRB and our lawyers for our next steps,” the firm said.

GrabCar is currently available in Metro Manila, while GrabTaxi provides services in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod and Baguio.

GrabTaxi is currently the largest transport app in Southeast Asia, and is available in 22 cities across six countries.

Uber, on the other hand, has operations in more than 60 countries worldwide. -- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM


Doesn't look so 'halted' to me...

 

 

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contraman

Same in the State of Victoria, Australia

 

 

Uber has been ruled illegal in Victoria.

A Magistrate found Uber driver Nathan Brenner guilty on Friday of driving a hire car without a commercial licence or registration.

Mr Brenner has been fined $900, but is appealing the decision.

It sets a legal foundation that the ride sharing company is operating illegally in this state.

In a drawn out court proceeding, lawyers representing Uber attempted to have three charges against Mr Brenner thrown out but failed.

Twelve other Uber drivers face similar charges, which will likely follow the precedent set by today's decision.

The ruling will impact the Andrews government inquiry - currently underway - investigating Uber's operations and allegations it has an unfair advantage over the traditional taxi and hire car industries.

The Chair of the Taxi Services Commission, Graeme Samuel, told Tom Elliott those who disobey the law need to be prosecuted.

"Uber have chosen to ignore the law, that's their approach," Mr Samuel said. 

"That's just not the way that our society works."

 

 

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to_dave007

Whether it's a good thing or not remains a matter of opinion.

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AussieLex

If taxi's provided a reasonable service at a reasonable cost then private companies could not gain a foot hold in the market place... The regulators need to address dirty and badly maintained cars and cab drivers who blatantly try to rip passengers off ... until then i am all in favour of ride share companies ...

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contraman

If taxi's provided a reasonable service at a reasonable cost then private companies could not gain a foot hold in the market place... The regulators need to address dirty and badly maintained cars and cab drivers who blatantly try to rip passengers off ... until then i am all in favour of ride share companies ...

 

The Taxi Mafia will make sure by fair or foul means that these Ride Share companies will fail.

Does anyone know if they are operating in Clark/ AC ?

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Whether it's a good thing or not remains a matter of opinion.

I'm guessing you own taxis? :)

 

No offense intended, but I just don't know of anyone else who dislikes them.

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delancey

What is not to like? Order a ride, click an Icon and for a few blissful seconds Cebu goes from the year 1977 to 2015.

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to_dave007

I'm guessing you own taxis? :)

 

No offense intended, but I just don't know of anyone else who dislikes them.

 

Well..  now you do.

And no.. I don't own taxi's

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colemanlee

The Taxi Mafia will make sure by fair or foul means that these Ride Share companies will fail.

Does anyone know if they are operating in Clark/ AC ?

They were not last month...

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Cebu Daily News

 

"50 Uber cars on hold in Cebu"

 

http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/76935/50-uber-cars-on-hold-in-cebu

1:41 AM | Saturday, December 5th, 2015

 

The  Cebu  launch of Uber, a private ride-sharing service that connects drivers online, is  affected by the stoppage order of the Quezon City Trial Court.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will not process franchise applications for 50 Uber units in Cebu while a 20-day temporary restraining order against ride-sharing services, which includes GrabCar operations, is in effect.

But 10 Uber cars, which were issued a 45-day provisional authority before the issuance of the TRO, will be able to operate for 45 days, said LTFRB 7 Regional Director Reynaldo Elnar.

The much-awaited Uber launch in Cebu was scheduled on Dec. 3 withannouncements  posted online for a 20 percent discount from Dec. 3 to 9.  It said “Uber partners will be ready to take your ride requests. Experience the 5-star service Uber has become known for — to and from anywhere in Metro Cebu: from Consolacion to Talisay, and all of Mactan.”

Cebu Daily News e-mailed Uber’s online support team for comment but got no reply yesterday.

“We’re coordinating with the LTFRB and our lawyers for our next steps,” said Grab Philippines spokesman Lorelei Olalia in a text message.

Grab Philippines operates only one of its formats, GrabTaxi, in Cebu. GrabCar, which is similar to Uber, operates only in Manila.

On its Facebook page, Grab Philippines said it will “continue to operate as usual” until they receive a copy of the court order.

“We are hopeful that we will get (government) support to be able to provide safe and convenient GrabCar rides in the country. Our commitment towards providing the highest quality of service remains,” the company said.

Judge Santiago Arenas of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court has stopped for 20 days the accepting, processing and approval of permits to operate Uber and GrabCar operations under Transportation Network Vehicle Service without a certificate of public convenience (CPC).

The 20-day restraining order halts  implementation of Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and LTFRB issuances on accreditation, conditions and implementing guidelines to operate TNVS.

LTFRB board member Antonio Enrile Inton, Jr., in a text message to CDN, said they respect the  court’s stoppage order.

About 7,000 units applied for the TNVS and there is already “cutthroat competition among them (applicants),” he said.

The court order was based on the petition of the Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization Transport Coalition (STOP and Go), Inc., represented by

Pascual Magno, which claimed that the income of taxi and Utility Vehicles (UV) Express drivers has decreased because of the ride-sharing services.

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