By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Grace Poe said ride-sharing company Uber could pay at least P100 million to compensate for its drivers who were affected by its suspension.
Poe, chairman of the Senate committee on public service, on Friday said the transport network company (TNC), is “willing to pay” its operators and drivers who were displaced by the one-month suspension imposed on them by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Poe and other members of the public services panel met with officials of the LTFRB and Uber in a closed-door dialogue last August 15 when Uber reportedly proposed to pay a “very generous” amount of fine as penalty for repeatedly violating the state transport regulatory body’s orders.
On Thursday, Uber submitted its pleading to lift the suspension and pay instead a P10-million fine for further accepting new drivers.
“It’s P10 million actually being offered to the LTFRB, for the damages of the violation…But what people really don’t know, is that it could be multiplied 10 times what Uber is willing to pay the drivers who were inconvenienced by their violation,” Poe said in an interview in ANC’s Early Edition Friday.
“They said they have about 66,000 drivers, then they will have to do the formula based on how active you are…Something like P100 a day for lost wages, but others can receive as much as P1,200 a day depending on how active they are. So that will equate…to more than P100 million,” she added.
The LTFRB has yet to decide on the Uber appeal in a hearing on August 23. While saying she would respect any judgment by the regulatory body, Poe said she hopes the LTFRB would consider public clamor for such mode of transportation.
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