MANILA - (UPDATE 2) Ride-sharing companies should follow regulators or face apprehension, officials said Tuesday, as some 50,000 unlicensed Uber and Grab cars face deactivation next week.
Uber said it was open to negotiations with regulators even as it maintained that "old ways" should not apply to innovative companies that help solve the country's traffic congestion problem.
Uber also announced that it will stop activating new units on Wednesday.
“Ang sinasabi ng LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) is pwede ba magpa-rehistro kayo? What makes you so different from other public utility vehicles?” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
“Kung hindi sila mag-a-apply, pahuhuli ko lahat yan," he said.
(The LTFRB is asking you to register. What makes you so different from other public utility vehicles? If they don't apply, I will have them arrested.)
"Who is to clean up the mess? To both Grab and Uber, do not come to us now to solve your mess. Ayusin niyo yan (fix it)," LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said.
The two ride-sharing services said Monday they would not deactivate their drivers and urged the LTFRB to resume accreditation processing.
A petition on Change.org for the government to lift the accreditation suspension has gained 100,000 signatures as of early Tuesday.
The LTFRB said Uber and Grab added 32,000 cars despite the moratorium, and that Uber was still activating units as of Monday when their offices were inspected.
Uber on Tuesday paid the P5 million fine slapped on it by the LTRFB last week over accreditation violations. -- reports from Dharel Placido, Trishia Billones and Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News