James Deakin received a photo that stirs the Uber vs. LTFRB pot
Is the LTFRB planning to start its own version of Uber?
(SPOT.ph) A photo shared by James Deakin has gone viral, possibly because some people are upset about LTFRB nabbing Uber cars after the company failed to accomplish the requirements for accreditation.
Deakin put an incendiary caption of a screencap of an alleged post by the LTFRB Citizen Enforcer Facebook page:
And now the truth comes out. No wonder the LTFRB and DOTC are so unreasonably hard on Uber. They are starting their own service called premium taxi, which is just another racket and another inept way of reinventing the wheel! What the hell?? This is appalling!!! And the only ones allowed to operate will be those who buy 20 brand new 2.0-litre cars at a time. Way to go, guys. Way to go...
P.S. No need to ask permission to share. We need all the help we can get because this needs national (if not international) attention.
As of August 13, 6:30 p.m., the post was still spotted in the LTFRB Citizen Enforcer page. The concept of "Premium Taxi" was mentioned in Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01, posted on the LTFRB website. Business World published a story on the planned service on March 4, while PTV reported about it on July 21. According to the reports, Premium Taxis are part of an effort to modernize commuting in the Philippines, to be developed alongside Airport Bus and Bus Rapid Transit.
Premium Taxis are designed to compete with Uber and GrabCar, which are considered transportation network vehicle service (TNVs). PTV quotes, "Similar to TNVs, should not be older than seven years. Taxis under this category will also be required to install GPS, online, smartphone booking capability, and cashless transactions through credit or debit card payments."
Update: An earlier version of this article did not confirm that the post was still in the LTFRB Citizen Enforcer page.