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LTFRB asks Uber to stop implementing surcharge

 The Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board said ride-sharing app company Uber was directed not to implement its planned surcharge. FIle

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board advised the public that transport network company Uber was ordered to stop imposing surcharges on its riders.

“Uber is directed not to implement this surcharge but instead file its position paper on the matter,” the LTFRB said in its advisory.

The LTFRB issued the advisory after Uber announced that the operators of Uber would apply surcharge starting December 7.

“Uber is committed to providing safe and reliable rides wherever you are in Metro Manila. As we see more riders interested in using Uber in the southern part of the Metro, we want to make sure that partner-drivers are able to cover for their costs in a sustainable manner,” Uber said in a statement.

Uber announced it would implement a surcharge on top of the fare and toll fees if they enter and exit certain gates.

The ride-sharing application company said passengers who would exit Bicutan or Sucat gates via the Skyway or Magallanes or C-5 entry points would be charged P80. On the other hand, a surcharge of P100 would be imposed on riders who would exit Alabang Filinvest or Susana Heights gates via the same entry points.

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LTFRB did not mention the deadline for the submission of Uber’s position paper.

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