Senator JV Ejercito on Tuesday said he would call for a meeting with the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) Grab and Uber to come up with a compromise before the impounding of cars without franchises starting July 26.
Ejercito, vice chairperson of the Senate committee on public services, said he hoped to “mediate” between both parties.“I am not siding with anyone on this issue. What’s important to consider here is the convenience and safety of the riding public,” Ejercito said. 

“We would consider all remedies without disregarding the law,” he said.

Ejercito said he also intended to talk about LTFRB’s shortcomings in making public transportation more convenient and safe for the public.

“In the first place, LTFRB has to put in mind why these TNVS (Transport Network Vehicle Service) are thriving. Grab and Uber offer far better and more convenient services than regular taxis,” he said.

“Ngayong may maayos naman na serbisyo na in-offer sa publiko, pipigilan naman ng LTFRB! Kung ganito kayo kaingay at kadesididong patawan ng service ban ang Grab at Uber, dapat ganito rin ang aksyon ninyo sa mga reklamo sa regular taxis!” Ejercito said.

Last week, the LTFRB imposed the P5-million fine on Uber and Grab for various violations of terms and conditions. These include allowing TNVS drivers to operate even without Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) franchise or Provisional Authority (PA).

Violating drivers will be fined and their cars will  be impounded starting July 26.

An online petition has been created on seeking to lift the service ban. The hashtag #WeWantUberGrab trended on Twitter the entire Monday. — MDM/KVD, GMA News