LTFRB says Grab, Uber accreditation papers missing


MANILA – The country’s transport regulator said Friday it lost the accreditation papers Uber and Grab, as the two ride-sharing services sought a renewal of their permits to operate.

“Pagpasok po namin diyan sa opisina namin, for the record, nawala po ang accreditation papers ng Uber and Grab,” Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board spokesperson Aileen Lizada told DZMM.

(When we assumed office, for the record, the accreditation papers of Uber and Grab were already missing.)

“We want to know nasaan ang accreditation papers nila kasi doon namin makikita nasaan ang business design nila, what did they submit, ano ba talaga ang kanilang proposal, how they will go about their business. Hindi po namin makita ang papeles na iyun.”

(We want to know where the accreditation papers are because these will show the firms’ business design, the requirements they submitted, their proposals and how they will go about their business. We cannot find these documents.)

The accreditation papers, Lizada said, were supposed to be in the safekeeping of a former LTFRB executive director but his staff said they were not holding the documents.

Grab’s accreditation expired last July 3. Uber’s will expire in August.

The LTFRB is set to convene a technical working group to discuss the firms’ accreditation renewal and how many of their vehicles should be allowed to operate.

The agency earlier fined Uber and Grab P5 million each for allegedly taking in new drivers even after the government suspended applications of new permits last year.

The Philippines was the first country in the world to regulate ride-sharing services. Uber and Grab are especially popular in Metro Manila, where traffic jams, faulty trains and selective or overcharging taxi drivers are a constant source of misery for commuters.

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