Uber, Grab must submit to gov’t control PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 July 2017 13:40


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…” (Isaiah 41:10, the Holy Bible).


MY KID BROTHER’S VIEW ON UBER, GRAB: My younger brother, Leny, also a lawyer who graduated from the UP College of Law many moons ago, is of the opinion that Uber and Grab, in that they offer transport services to the public in general, are to be considered common carriers which require prior congressional franchise before they can even start operating.

Here is Leny’s post on this issue in his Facebook account: “Eto ang sabi ng Supreme Court: `Public utilities are privately owned and operated businesses whose service are essential to the general public.

“ `They are enterprises which specially cater to the needs of the public and conduce to their comfort and convenience.  As such, public utility services are impressed with public interest and concern.


UBER AND GRAB MUST SUBMIT TO THE CONTROL OF GOV’T:  Leny quotes the Supreme Court further: “ `The same is true with respect to the business of common carrier which holds such a peculiar relation to the public interest that there is superinduced upon it the right of public regulation when private properties are affected with public interest, hence, they cease to be juris privati only.

“ `When, therefore, one devotes his property to a use in which the public has an interest, he, in effect grants to the public an interest in that use, and must submit to the control by the public for the common good, to the extent of the interest he has thus created…’

“ `That is the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of `Kilusang Mayo Uno Labor Center, petitioner, vs. Hon. Jesus B. Garica, Jr., the Land Transportion Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines, respondents’.  Leny says: “It would appear that Grab and Uber still need franchise from LTFRB to operate…”


CURRENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS MUST GIVE GOOD SERVICE, TOO: The phenomenal success of Uber and Grab not only in the Philippines but in every part of the globe where they are operating shows the failure of regular common carriers—the taxis, the jeepneys, the buses, and even of the light rail transit systems—to provide satisfactory and efficient transport service.

Indeed, Uber and Grab are heavily favored over other modes of public transport nowadays because, first, their fares are cheaper to a large degree compared to the fares that are collected or required to be paid by taxis. Their units are also more easily available, and their drivers do not usually become choosy in the passengers they ferry.

If common carriers (taxis, buses, jeepneys) duly accredited through congressional franchises would want the people patronizing Uber and Grab to return to them, all that they should do is to give the kind of transport service that the people enjoy from Ube and Grab.


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