Saturday, October 25, 2014
Uber Officially Responds to LTFRB Sting Operation
Over the past few days, car-sharing company Uber became the victim of a sting operation by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board or LTFRB. During the said operation, an Uber driver was fined and his vehicle impounded. In light of this matter, we have sought the official statement from Uber’s Press Office. This is their official response:
“Uber has been embraced in 222 cities in 45 countries around the world, and in many of those cities we are challenging outdated (pre-mobile era) regulations that are unable to keep up with technological advancement. Uber is committed to put the interest of consumers and their communities as priority by bringing something fresh and new to a sector that is characterized by stagnation. Safe, reliable, and convenient transportation options – something that Filipinos have been demanding for a long time now. We are disappointed that the government has taken action against a technology service that is better for riders, drivers and the community. Around the world, Uber is working with governments to achieve common goals, focused on safe, reliable and efficient transportation options, that are regulated. It is our mission to work with like-minded individuals, like the Metro Manila Development Authority and others to encourage new policies that welcome innovation and improve transportation options while putting consumer safety and driver opportunity first for all Filipinos. ”
- Mike Brown, Regional General Manager, Southeast Asia & Australia, Uber Technologies
Probed further whether Uber is suspending their operations in Manila, their official response:
“Uber will continue to provide Filipinos with access to safe, reliable, affordable transportation options through our technology platform. The service is not suspended. It never was. Also, the number of cars that has been reported is incorrect - many reports gave 200 as a number. In reality it was only one car that was affected.”
- Karun Arya, Communications Lead - South Asia
Uber is calling all citizens of Manila to make their voice heard and support Uber. Make sure you share your thoughts on Social Media using the hashtag: #WhyIUber. Make sure you also make your voice heard by sending your thoughts to the following Twitter accounts: @LTFRB_Chairman and @DOTCPhilippines.
For more information on Uber’s position in this matter, click here for their official statement.