Uber alternative Arcade City seeks talks with PH regulators


Posted at Aug 21 2017 08:29 AM

MANILA - American ride-sharing service Arcade City said Monday it was willing to work with Philippine regulators, as it maintained that its operations do not fall under transportation laws.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board last week ordered a halt to the operations of Arcade City, which allows drivers and riders to transact directly without passing through an intermediary like Uber.

Arcade City, which was founded by former Uber drivers, will set up a Philippine office by next month. Its app is available to download locally, said founder and CEO Christopher David.

"We are very excited to expand out presence in the Philippines," David told ANC's Early Edition.

Addressing regulators, David said, "Please tell us specifically what laws, if any, we're violating. We would like to work with any government agency who wants to learn how to update their laws."

The LTFRB suspended Uber for 1 month from last week for violating its order against registering new cars.

David said transportation laws around the world are "outdated" and are sometimes written with taxi operations in mind. He said transportation company and common carrier laws don't apply to Arcade City.

"It's basically a glorified version of your friend wants a ride and they give you 5 bucks for gas or whatever," he said.

Asked about rider safety, David said Arcade City would reply on community feedback.