Today, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court suspended the operations of the app-based operations of private transport services Uber and GrabCar for 20 days. The Court has issued a temporary restraining order on the Department of Transportation and Communication and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to stop all the operations of both Uber and Grab Car.
The petitioner came from Pascual Magno, a representative of the Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization Transport Coalition. It stated “The petitioner has established that there is a material and substantial invasion of the rights of the officers and members of the Association as holders of Certificates of Public Convenience necessary for the operation of their utility vehicles.”
The court stated: “Their claim that they suffer less or low incomes and earnings is found to be persuasive due to the sudden and uncontrolled increase in the number of (Transport Network Vehicle Services) utility vehicles running in the streets of Metro Manila.”
The temporary restraining order includes stopping of accepting, processing and approving of applications of motor vehicles as public utility vehicles accredited and belonging to TNVS. The Leaders of the House of Representatives earlier asked the LTFRB to suspend the grant of franchise to transportation network companies to protect passengers from fare manipulation.