Uber suspends surcharge in low-demand routes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2017 04:17 PM

MANILA - Ride-sharing service Uber said Friday surcharges for trips in areas with relatively low demand were on hold until further notice from regulators.

Uber does not receive any portion of the surcharge and removing it will "decrease significantly" the reliability of its service in the affected areas, the company said in a statement.

"The imposition of a surcharge benefits everyone. Drivers are properly compensated and motivated to bring passengers to lower demand areas," Uber said in a statement.

Uber users pay P80 to P100 for trips that enter the Skyway, Magallanes and C5 and exit at Bicutan, Sucat, Alabang, Filinvest and Susana Heights.

The dispute over surcharges is the latest in a string of regulatory difficulties for Uber in the Philippines, one of the first countries in the world to regulate ride-sharing services.

In August, Uber was suspended for defying a moratorium on registration of new vehicles. It was lifted only after the company paid a P1-billion fine.