April 7, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has dismissed more than 5,000 applications for app-based transportation service Uber Systems, Inc. for failure to provide all the required documents.
LTFRB board member Ariel Inton Jr. on Wednesday said the board junked 5,048 applications for “failure to submit formal offer of evidence.”
He said the LTFRB received a total of 11,727 applications from Uber as of April 4 this year.
“We have given them ample time to comply with all the necessary documents, we have duly informed Uber as early as October of last year, but they seem to be very much occupied that most applications failed to submit formal offer of evidence,” Inton said.
“Hence, we have no choice but to issue the Order of Dismissal,” he added.
The LTFRB was earlier accused of favoring transport network companies (TNCs) for allegedly being lenient to them.
But with the dismissal of thousands of applications, Inton hoped that this will give the detractors the thought that LTFRB is indeed fair.
Uber’s legal counsel, Donemark Calimon, said the company will inform their clients about the dismissal order and recommend that those unfortunate applicants be removed from the system of Uber because they will not be allowed to ply any route.
The LTFRB conducted a hearing on the board-initiated fare reduction for TNCs such as Uber, Grab, and Uhop on Wednesday.
Inton said Uber will submit its opposition “within the day,” while Uhop shall file theirs within 10 days.
For Grab, he said he have no idea since its representatives failed to attend the hearing.