Complaint vs Uber, Grab franchises junked

THE Quezon City Regional Trial Court has dismissed a complaint filed by a transport group on the issuance of franchises to Uber and Grab, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Thursday.

The Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization Transport Coalition (Stop and Go) filed the complaint against DOTC and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to stop the issuance of franchises to transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Grab.

In a statement, DOTC said in an Order on April 20, the Court dismissed Stop and Go's request for a writ of preliminary prohibitory injunction, which would have prevented the DOTC and the LTFRB from issuing franchises to transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) operators.

Stop and Go Coalition president Jun Magno had said the new TNVS category affects the income of drivers as many passengers now choose to ride in vehicles registered with Grab and Uber.

The TNVS category was created by the transport agencies last year in order to better serve the commuting public, particularly by providing a modern, convenient, and safer alternative to taxis, UV Express, and others.

It has also encouraged private car users to leave their vehicles at home in favor of ride-sharing services. (SDR/Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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