MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) apprehended an Uber driver in a sting operation on Wednesday.
According to initial report by James Beltran of TV5, a black SUV with plate number WII-360 was impounded when a LTFRB agent booked a trip through Uber. The owner was subsequently fined P200,000 as penalty.
Yesterday, a black SUV with plate # WII-360 was impounded when LTFRB booked a trip through Uber. Owner fined P200,000. @news5aksyon
— James Beltran (@iamjamestv5) October 23, 2014
In addition to the hefty P200,000 penalty, the vehicles used may face up to 3 months of impounding.
“We are just being fair with legitimate franchise owners,” says LTFRB Executive Director Roberto Cabrera, adding that they are supportive of Uber’s cause but concerned about the safety of its passengers.
Uber is a ride sharing service that launched last year. It allows passengers to connect with vehicles for hire using an application on the mobile phone.
Local taxi operators earlier filed a “colorum” complaint through the LTFRB against the transport service.
In response, Uber issued a message of support, calling the move “unfair”.
Below is the full message from Uber Philippines:
One of our partner’s drivers was apprehended today in a sting operation by LTFRB in coordination with local media. We believe this was unfairly done.
As we have always assured you–and all our partners in the 220+ cities we operate in globally–we will support you and seek swift resolution to this incident. Ever since Uber launched in Manila almost a year ago to introduce the safest and most reliable way to get around the Metro, Filipino riders have unanimously rallied behind you by taking more and more trips with you every day.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, please contact us immediately at 09178295991. We invite you to come to the office Monday-Friday at 12AM for our daily partner info session if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you and Uber on Uber Manila Team
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has since issued a statement condemning the move by the LTFRB.