Finally, someone upstairs is on the people's side. Senator JV Ejercito is seeking to reach a compromise between the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and ride-sharing services Grab and Uber over the former's recent order to shut down uncertified ride-sharing cars.
“I will call for a meeting to mediate and come up with a compromise for both parties before July 26. I am not siding with anyone on this issue. What’s important to consider here is the convenience and safety of the riding public. We would consider all remedies without disregarding the law,” Ejercito said as VP of the Senate Committee on Public Services.
He added: "In the first place, LTFRB has to put in mind why these TNVS (Transport Network Vehicle Services) are thriving. Grab and Uber offer far better and more convenient services than regular taxis. Ngayong may maayos naman na serbisyo na inoffer 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 mentioned that he also wants the LTFRB, Grab, and Uber to all act on their shortcomings in making public transport safer and more convenient to the public. He also called on the ride-sharing companies to immediately comply with the requirements to ensure rider safety.