MANILA - Regulators questioned Uber on Tuesday over the surcharges the ride-sharing company imposed on trips to the southern part of Metro Manila.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said the surcharges were similar to the practice of some taxi drivers to overcharge passengers going on longer trips.
"Meron din pala silang patong kung malayo yung hinahatiran ng Uber driver," LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said.
"Malayo kaya humihingi ng dagdag," Delgra added.
Uber told the LTFRB that passengers who exit Sucat and Bicutan gate via Skyway, Magallanes or C5 entry points paid an P80 surcharge while those who exit from Alabang, Filinvest and Susana Heights from the same entry points paid P100. There was also a P60 surcharge for passengers going east to Rizal province.
Uber said this was on top of the toll, the normal fare and surge pricing.
The surcharge was meant to compensate drivers for the low possibility of getting another passenger in the southern part of Metro Manila, Uber's legal counsel Jomar Castillo said.
Delgra meanwhile said Uber is prohibited from imposing the surcharges until the board comes up with a resolution.
Uber was also asked to submit a supplemental paper in 10 days to support their claim that there's a need for a surcharge. -- with a report from Jacque Manabat