‘Uber-pricing’ gets LTFRB into trouble

A TRANSPORT leader   on Monday   filed a graft  case  against Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Winston Ginez with the Office of the Ombudsman for allowing the operation of transport network services.

Efren de Luna, Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization president, also included board member Ronaldo Corpus in the complaint, but spared another board member, Ariel Enrile Inton Jr.

He questioned the operation of the mobile application-based Grab and Uber taxis in Metro Manila without a fare matrix.

In a seven-page complaint, De Luna alleged Ginez and Corpus violated the Public Service Act and Republic Act 3019, or Republic Act 3019.

The  Public Service Act requires LTFRB   to prescribe fare rates for public utility vehicles before these can  operate.

Despite the  provision of the law, Ginez and Corpus issued various circulars allowing the taxi networks  to charge their passengers exorbitant fees and to take advantage of the commuters during rush hours and high demands for passengers, such as bad weather, De Luna said

He cited the “horrendous “traffic in Metro Manila on Sept. 8 caused by torrential rains and floods when drivers of the transport network service vehicles raised their fares four times than the average rate.

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