InterAksyon reported on Monday (October 27) that the National Youth Commission (NYC) has expressed support for Uber, the car-sharing app that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently started cracking down on. The LTFRB began impounding Uber-associated vehicles on Thursday (October 23), setting up a sting operation wherein an agent boards a car using the app.
The NYC called this move "out of focus" and encouraged the LTFRB to direct their attention to other more blatantly colorum vehicles. According to data from the MMDA, 46% of the 10,000 buses passing EDSA daily are operating illegally. Even the MMDA frowned upon the move by the LTFRB.
NYC Chairperson Gio Tingson went on to praise Uber and said, "We must allow innovations like Uber considering the dismal state of transportation in Metro Manila. With more than 300,000 vehicles plying EDSA every day, a carpooling system will reduce this volume."
"Commuters, composed of young people going to school or their workplace, no longer feel safe in our Metro Manila roads. This is made worse by colorum vehicles that fare in road accidents," he added.
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