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Grab and Uber render LTFRB irrelevant

We will only go skin-deep if we view the Grab/Uber-versus-taxicabs controversy as a mere issue of who provides the commuting public with better service. The deep-seated issue is this: Who actually performs the role of the government in protecting the welfare of the commuting public? Is it the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) […]

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Worried Uber, Grab drivers turn to Duterte

App-based drivers appealed to President Duterte on Friday to intervene and order the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to lift its yearlong moratorium on the acceptance of franchise applications for vehicles used for app-based transport services. Bobby Coronel, founder of drivers’ group TopSpeed, said it was high time that Mr. Duterte stepped in […]

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We are operating at a loss,’ Grab tells LTFRB

Contrary to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulation Board’s (LTFRB) claim that  ride-sharing firms were earning  millions of pesos,  Grab Philippines said it has been “operating at a loss.” “Grab Philippines does not make a single peso from its 20% commission on rides. What we make in commissions is returned more than two-fold as incentives to […]

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DOTr: Grab, Uber must follow rules

The government has nothing against ride-hailing companies like Grab and Uber as long as they comply with government regulations. “Everyone is welcome to do business in this country as long as they follow the rules. The Duterte administration welcomes all well-meaning businessmen,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade told investors during a gathering in Davao City last […]

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Grab, Uber appeals delay crackdown

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is temporarily putting on hold the July 26 crackdown on Grab and Uber drivers without valid franchises, at least for the next 15 days. On Thursday, the two transport network companies (TNCs) filed separate motions asking the LTFRB to reconsider its July 11 order which banned drivers […]

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Crackdown still on, but LTFRB in a rush to OK 11K cars

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) held a technical working group meeting on Wednesday with transport network companies (TNCs) but stood firm on its decision to push through with its July 26 crackdown on thousands of app-based drivers who will remain “colorum.” “We are bound by our order which will become executory on […]

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LTFRB can’t apprehend ‘colorum’ Grab, Uber drivers yet

The operations of ride-hailing companies managing Grab and Uber will continue while the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is deliberating the appeal of the private firms to reconsider the service ban. This means the LTFRB cannot apprehend “colorum” Grab and Uber drivers yet even after July 26 while the LTFRB has no decision on the […]

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Ejercito hits LTFRB for stopping Grab, Uber ‘that provide better services’

Senator JV Ejercito on Tuesday chided the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for implementing a crackdown on Grab and Uber vehicles, which he said “offer far better and more convenient services than regular taxis.” “In the first place, LTFRB has to put in mind why these TNVS (Transport Network Vehicle Services) are thriving. […]

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A very public Uber spat

An extraordinary event occurred this week. Countless Filipino citizens set aside partisan differences to voice their united support for ridesharing in the country— led by Uber and Grab—against a government effort that would ultimately hurt the service, displace thousands of drivers and well over a million customers. In a shocking display of tone-deafness, the Land […]

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Riding sharing apps vs LTFRB; gov’t vs taxi fleet operators vs the people

The Filipino public utility riding vehicle community has been in an uproar of late due to the government’s decision to ban all Grab and Uber vehicles from future operations.

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Jul 19, 2017

The Filipino public utility riding vehicle community has been in an uproar of late due to the government’s decision

Jul 12, 2017

Stuttgart and June means the International Engine of the Year Awards, and this year marked some things that stayed

Jul 05, 2017

A few weeks ago, we went to the land of salmon and maple syrup, Canada. Specifically, British Colombia.