Uber mum on reports it will pay P190-M to lift suspension

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2017 12:08 PM

An Uber driver in transit in Quezon City on Thursday. The Senate is set to hear the conflict between the LTFRB and TNV services, Uber and Grab. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Ride-sharing service Uber has yet to release an official statement on whether it will pay P190 million or serve out the rest of the 30-day suspension order, regulators said Monday.

"Wala pong formal communication, naririnig lang po namin sa ibang mga denomination, mga operators," Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada told DZMM.

"Dalawa po ang natatanggap namin -- it's either Uber will comply or Uber will file a case. Hindi po namin alam which."

Uber spokesperson Catherine Avelino meanwhile said in a text message to ABS-CBN News that the reported resumption of their services this week will "really depend on when we complete all the conditions of the LTFRB."

LTFRB ordered Uber to stop operations until Sept. 15 for supposedly defying a moratorium on accrediting new drivers.

The agency on Saturday told Uber to pay P190 million, computed from its maximum earnings pegged at P10 million multiplied by the remaining days 19 days of its suspension.

The transport regulator also ordered the firm to pay its partner-drivers a P19.9 million daily financial assistance until its services are restored.

"Tomorrow is a working day, hihintayin po namin kung anong step ng Uber because they only have 2 options: one, serve out the suspension or two, pay," said Lizada.