LTFRB says Uber and Tripid apps should’ve gotten franchises first before offering their services

The board says they might be guilty of violating a law.

Jose Bimbo Santos of reports that "the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) wants to put the brakes on the ride-sharing app Tripid and the private car service app Uber for allegedly violating the country's public service law."

The report quoted LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez as saying that "both companies should have first sought a franchise from LTFRB before operating as they both engage in a public service and therefore the vehicles used through the platform are considered public utility vehicles." The board will be summoning the individuals behind the operations of the two apps to a public hearing for an explanation.

Tripid "is a locally developed mobile application that allows users headed in the same direction to carpool or share the same ride by bidding for empty seats in private vehicles." Uber, meanwhile, is a mobile app which enables users to book the company's partner vehicles through their smartphones. Its local version was launched on Tuesday (February 11).


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