LTFRB: Uber drivers face apprehension following app's reactivation

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Story updated to include statement of Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — Transport authorities on Tuesday warned Uber drivers: Don't take passengers or face losing your car.

This comes as the transport network company (TNC) said in an August 15 statement that it has reactivated its app after filing a motion for reconsideration against the August 14 order by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Read: Uber files motion for reconsideration vs. LTFRB's 1-month suspension order

The LTFRB on Monday suspended Uber's operations for a month.

"This means that Uber's operations will continue until the motion is resolved," Uber said.

"Consequently, we will be resuming serving Metro Manila and Cebu," the company added. "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."

However, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said until regulators end their deliberation on Uber's motion for reconsideration, the company cannot accept passengers.

The agency added that Uber drivers who get caught will face a ₱120,000 fine and have their cars impounded for three months.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in an August 15 press briefing that the Office of the President supports the LTFRB's move to apprehend drivers.

Uber was suspended after the company allegedly violated the LTFRB's July 26 order to TNCs to stop accepting applications for accreditation of transport network vehicle services and their eventual approval or activation.

LTFRB Spokesperson Aileen Lizada told CNN Philippines' Newsroom on August 14 that while Grab followed this order, Uber activated at least three vehicles right the next day.

"This is an open defiance of the order dated 26 July," she said.

The order requires Uber to make their app inoperable, meaning passengers cannot book the vehicles using the Uber platform, even those with certificates of public convenience or a provisional authority.

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