LTFRB hails dismissal of petition against ride-hailing apps

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday, April 20, welcomed the decision of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City to junk the petition against ride-hailing applications such as Uber and Grab.

Judge Santiago Arenas of QC-RTC Branch 217 initially handled the case before inhibiting himself
Judge Santiago Arenas of QC-RTC Branch 217 initially handled the case before inhibiting himself

The case was filed by a transportation group called Stop & Go, which was able to secure a temporary restraining order from the court during the early stage of the trial.

?We have said it all along that the Department of Transporatation and Communication and LTFRB?s underlying reason to open a franchise for app-based transport system was meant for our commuting public,? said LTFRB chair Winston Ginez.

?We need to provide them with an alternative means of transportation that will be safe, convenient and reliable. We now appeal for all taxi operators to consider the dismissal of their petition in court as a challenge to make their services as safe, convenient and reliable as TNVS units,? he added.

With the decision, the agency said it is ?high time for taxi drivers to improve their behaviors and to remove among their ranks rude, undisciplined and, worst, scalawags drivers. This is the public perception that has now been created after LTFRB received several incidents of this nature.?

Ginez added: ?I call on them to be part of the solution to leave a positive imprint in the minds of our commuting public that taxis are here to stay because of their excellent service, clean and well-maintained vehicle, and most of all. safe.?

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