A Quezon City court has stopped for 20 days the approval of permits to operate Uber and GrabCar units under Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) without securing a certificate of public convenience (CPC).
In a nine-page order, Judge Santiago Arenas of Quezon City Regional Trial Court 217 said the operations of Uber and GrabCar has affected the rights of public utility vehicles (PUVs).
The restraining order was granted in favor of petitioner Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization (STOP & GO) Transport Coalition, which was represented by Pascual Magno.
“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 order read.
The order is particularly issued against the implementation of Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) order No. 2015-11, which authorizes the accreditation and operation of TNVS.
STOP & GO claimed that the “sudden and uncontrolled increase” TNVS resulted in lower incomes and earnings of other PUVs with franchises.
Judge Arenas clarified in a CNN Philippines report that the court does not suspend current operations of Uber and GrabCar but only future applications of their vehicles.
“[The] TRO did not stop the operations of Uber, Grab and others… [but only the] future applications of any company or persons who would like to secure a permit from LTFRB by joining Uber, Grab, or others,” he said.
Several netizens on Friday took to their social media accounts their frustration of the perceived suspension of Uber and GrabCar services.
In its official Facebook page, GrabTaxi said it has not yet received a copy of the temporary restraining order.
“We are closely coordinating with the government and we are hopeful that we will get their support to be able to provide safe and convenient GrabCar rides in the country. Our commitment towards providing the highest quality of service remains. We will post updates here as soon as there are developments,” GrabTaxi said.