​an open letter to LTFRB re Uber and Grab crackdown

I wrote this 3 years ago and the issue stands true to this day.

Let me know what you think either via Twitter @ginuhit or at the comments section below.


I believe you are totally missing the point.

You want to know why citizens prefer Uber and Grab over your “regulated” cabs, jeepneys and buses?

Let’s first dismiss the fact that your “regulated” buses and bus schemes (with MMDA) fail to comply ever so slightly on your “regulations”. Do you know how much chairs they cram into a “60-seater bus?” Do you know how much more passengers they cram in SRO position? Do you know what traffic rules they follow? Do you know how many violations by the minute these “safe” drivers commit?

Let’s also dismiss how jeeps and jeepney drivers “pass” your “quality” emission testing facilities and LTO’s “quality” drivers’ license exams.

Let’s also dismiss the fact that your “regular taxis” have their own set of rules on where they wish to go and how fast they want to get from point a to point b. Not mentioning how more than half of your “regular taxi” drivers sleep in said cabs stinking up the vehicle for rent. Not mentioning also, how safe it REALLY is that’s why citizens take photos of your “regular taxis” and send them to friends to make sure we can alert proper authorities when something does happen. Even then, it would have all been too late.

Let’s dismiss MRT. Yeah, let’s dismiss that entirely.

The point of the matter is Uber employs respectful, and traffic obedient people (not so much on driving skills)  as vanguards of their brand (yes there are one offs that don’t really fit the bill but these are outliers that hardly comprise a fraction of Uber in its entirety.)

The point of the matter is Uber and Grab are not doing anything wrong. In fact, Uber’s presence forced your hand into creating “rules and regulations” to try and earn more of our hard-earned taxes. You can keep heralding that Uber is “unsafe” and “unregistered” and “uninsured” but, fact of the matter is, people trust them more than they trust their safety on your “registered”, “safe”, and “organised” “SYSTEM” and “STRUCTURE” that is being run by OUR TAXES.

Maybe you should really rethink your “STRATEGIES” and do well with the 14 million you are servicing in Metro Manila. Before you go off destroying a trusted “rogue” transport system.

Mabuhay Manila.



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Drew Uy

I do words, food, coffee, and photos. Hit me up on Twitter @ginuhit

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