As expected, the looming Grab-Uber regulation elicited mostly furious and negative reactions from the public.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is currently in hot water over its statement on how the move will make transport network vehicle services as "safe" as taxis, buses, and jeepneys.
This claim has certainly rankled regular commuters, who've had to put up with—if not live through—the infuriating schtick of so-called taxi drivers from hell.
We posted this question last night on our Facebook page and got a ton of answers.
In case they forgot, hygiene is also part of the service
One of the reasons why local airports suck big time and are called the worst
Giving Filipinos a bad name in front of other nationalities
Apparently, there are certain hot spots that are off limits to drivers
Contractual is always a bad idea, even when hailing cabs
Taxis are like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're going to get
Is it hard to pull over at a gas station and doze off for a while?
You won't see passengers threatening to fight drivers in Baguio
Those who are taking advantage should just break off their useless meters
Not all are *ssholes, though; a few good men remain
Judging from these incidents alone, it's clear the commuting public deserves better means of transportation, which Grab and Uber have been providing for the most part. And like many have already asked, why fix something that isn't broken in the first place?
Perhaps in response to the surging public outcry over yesterday's pronouncement, the government agency clarified in a statement that it will not suspend ride-hailing services, but Uber and Grab "need to follow the rules just like any other type of public utility vehicle."
The problem with the P5-million fine and impending termination is that the LTFRB was responsible for putting the applications for the Certificate of Public Convenience on hold last year.
To be fair, the LTFRB has an online help desk where you can file complaints against PUV drivers from hell. Click here to make your report