LTFRB orders Hype to explain P2-per-minute charge

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a show cause order to new ride-sharing firm Hype Transport Systems for reportedly imposing a P2-per-minute travel charge.

The agency said that Hype should explain, within five days from receipt of the order, why its certificate of accreditation as a transportation network company (TNC) should not be revoked or suspended for charging the per minute rate without its authorization.

“Acting on a report forwarded by a concerned citizen to the Board, respondent Hype Transport Systems Incorporated is hereby ordered to show cause in writing, why its Certificate of Accreditation as a transportation network company (TNC) should not be suspended or canceled,” the LTFRB said in its order dated July 13 which was released to the media Wednesday, July 18.

Hype should be charging a base fare of P40 and an additional charge of P14 per kilometer with no per minute rate, according to the agency.

The ride-hailing firm is being asked to appear at a hearing scheduled at 9 a.m. on July 24.

The LTFRB has approved the accreditation of Hype as a new TNC last April, allowing it to operate for two years following the shutdown of the operations of Uber in the country, following Grab’s acquisition of its ride-hailing services in Southeast Asia. — Aerol John Pateña (PNA)

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