MANILA - The same regulations that apply to taxis and buses should extend to ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab, which should be declared as public utility vehicles, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
Classifying ride-sharing services as such would make them liable to passengers in case of an accident. Under the current set-up, passengers can charge a minimum only from the driver, said Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the committee on economic affairs.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is refining rules on ride-sharing. It considers companies like Uber and Grab as transport network companies or TNC and their partner-driver as transport network vehicle services or TNVS.
"We have to declare these TNCs or TNVS as public utility entities just like bus operators, just like taxi operators, kasi kumukuha sila ng pasahero (because they take passengers), even if Uber does not own any car," Gatchalian told ANC's Headstart
Gatchalian said ride-sharing had become a "misnomer" as some businessmen use this to operate a fleet of Uber or Grab cars, similar to taxi operations.
Uber resumed operations on Tuesday after serving half of its 30-day suspension for violating a moratorium on accrediting new drivers. it paid a P190-million fine and another P299 million as compensation to its partner drivers.