Transport group 1-UTAK protests Uber, GrabCar ‘price surges’

On Mon, Jan 25, transport group 1-United TrAnsport Koalisyon (1-UTAK) filed a petition at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) seeking to reduce the fares of app-based transport services such as Uber and GrabCar.

“Vigor Mendoza, chairman of 1-UTAK, filed the petition complaining of what the group calls high rates of the transport network vehicle services (TNVS) following the recent drop in diesel prices,” reports Philstar.com.

Mendoza likewise “called for transportation network companies and their accredited TNVS to immediately reduce their base price by 50%.”

The report noted: “1-UTAK also insisted that the fares of Uber and other TNVS companies should be patterned after taxi meters. Rates for one-way trips by Uber and GrabCar vehicles are not fixed, surging usually on periods with high customer demand such as the evening rush hour in the metro. Rates at peak hours can increase up to PHP500 for a six-kilometer distance passing through EDSA or C5 where traffic is usually heavy or at a standstill.”

LTFRB Board Member Ariel Inton disclosed that they are still determining “if there is a need to exercise its oversight powers to regulate TNVS fares” and that there are “set to hear the petition to lower TNVS fares next month.”

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