LTFRB junks Uber's appeal on suspension order


Posted at Aug 15 2017 06:43 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2017 01:32 AM

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People walk past an Uber advertisement outside the Uber main office in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday. A streamer reads "My car was a liability before but now it's an asset". Uber’s operation in the Philippines was suspended by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for allegedly defying an order to stop registering new cars. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

MANILA (2ND UPDATE) - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday junked ride-hailing service Uber's appeal to continue its operations. 

In a 3-page decision, the transport regulator said it was junking Uber's motion because of the ride-sharing service's "continued advertisement, acceptance and accreditation" of applicants despite a moratorium. 

The LTFRB on Monday suspended Uber's operations for 1 month for disregarding a moratorium against registering new cars.

The transport regulator said Uber's move gave rise to the growing number of "colorum" transport-network vehicle services.

In a statement on Tuesday night, Uber said it will comply with the LTFRB's order.

"We are disappointed with the LTFRB's decision to deny our Motion for Reconsideration, and will comply with the Order. We look forward to urgently resolving this matter, and thank the public for its support over the last 24 hours," the company said.

Uber on Tuesday filed a motion for reconsideration on the halt order and resumed operations.

The company was also ordered by the LTFRB to cease accepting applicants "to prevent the further escalation in the number of accredited peers" following the issuance of the moratorium.

The Uber app was down from 6 a.m., when the company said it was complying with the suspension order of the LTFRB. But the booking function was active again shortly before noon, after it filed a motion for reconsideration.