Filipino Grab and Uber users are flaring up on social media, and the LTFRB is to blame.
On July 14, 2017, The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that they will start apprehending drivers accredited by ride-hailing companies and impound their cars if they continue to operate as public conveyances without franchises.
This means that undocumented or colorum service units will be unable to operate.
According to American journalist James Deakin, this means that both companies (Grab Philippines and Uber Philippines) will be operating at around 10% capacity upon LTFRB’s implementation. This would significantly diminish the supply of public transportation in Metro Manila.
Not long after, netizens on Twitter expressed their outrage on the Grab and Uber ban.
Under the hashtag #WeWantUberGrab, let’s see what people had to say about this:
Here’s someone pressing an interesting solution.
(Why don’t we just ban all forms of transportation?)
Even Filipina actress Coleen Garcia had a thing or two to say about the Uber-Grab ban.
A hassle-free ride is now being threatened.
Life IS hard without convenient services assisting day-to-day activities. We feel you.
Say goodbye to transport innovation, and say hello to a traditional and clunky system.
A bold challenge to LTFRB, plus a little jab at Grab.
While many expressed their frustrations, there were a few who chose to say things in a less angry manner.
And of course, this whole thing would not be complete without memes.
— beggy (@kristinebaguio) July 17, 2017
— GALe GADOT (@neosgirlxjadine) July 17, 2017
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@sabrinasemon) July 18, 2017
Even Facebook users had something to say:
Call for Appeal
Not long after, a petition on change.org calling for the lift of the Transport Network Vehicle Service (TVNS) Suspension was made.
The petition was made on July 14, 2017, by Bobbu Coronel, a driver under Grab Philippines.
As of 5:45 P.M., the number of supporters reached 64, 985 and is only 10,015 shy of reaching the target number of 75,000.
Several people expressed their support by commenting on the site.
A number of verified Twitter users have also supported the petition.
— Jay Jaboneta (@JayJaboneta) July 16, 2017
— Noemi L. Dado (@momblogger) July 17, 2017
Will the LTFRB hear the pleas of these people?
What are your thoughts about LTFRB’s actions? Let us know what you think!