Senate panel sets date for Grab, Uber hearing


Posted at Jul 28 2017 10:19 PM

MANILA – The Senate Committee on Public Services is set to hold a hearing on Thursday, August 3, to tackle franchise rules on ride-sharing services amid the country's transport regulator’s crackdown on "colorum" vehicles.

In a statement Friday, committee chair Senator Grace Poe said the popularity of Uber and Grab should push franchise holders in public transportation to “improve their services.”

"This government must be forward-looking. Many of our commuters now rely on ride-sharing services such as Uber, Grab and U-Hop to travel around the city. TNVS companies provide services that taxi operators have inadequately provided in the past decade—point-to-point pick-up and delivery, standardized fare, safe and comfortable rides,” Poe said in a statement.

"We want to improve accountability and promote safer standards for the protection and welfare of our commuters," she added.

The committee will also tackle separate bills of Poe and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian that aim to establish a Taxi Passenger Bill of Rights.

Last week, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board decided to suspend its planned apprehension of colorum ride-hailing services starting July 26.