LTFRB halts service of newly-launched ride-hailing app

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2017 07:06 PM

Photo courtesy of Arcade City Facebook page.

MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered ride-hailing service Arcade City to halt its services because it has not coordinated with the transport regulator.

In a statement Wednesday, LTFRB warned Arcade City to "stop all bookings made with the use of this kind of application [or] platform."

"Otherwise, it will be constrained to take legal actions against ARCADE CITY and its illegal Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) operators considered as colorum," the statement read.

Arcade City launched its services after the LTFRB suspended the operations of Uber for a month starting August 14.

Uber and rival Grab are in dispute with the LTFRB over the scope of regulation on ride-sharing services, sparking separate investigations by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The LTFRB earlier fined Uber and Grab P5 million each, accusing the companies of operating some 50,000 vehicles without proper permits.