Duterte’s government slams brakes on Uber
The Philippine government issued a month-long ban on Uber in mid-August after the ride-hailing app failed to obtain the necessary permits to license its drivers, a ruling the US-based startup labelled a “blatant violation” of its rights.
The Philippines requires ride-hailing apps to go through the same driver licensing process as traditional taxi companies. Uber has maintained that it should be exempt from such regulations given its drivers effectively operate as independent contracters. At the time of writing, Uber was vowing to continue operations until the dispute had been settled, a decision the government said could lead to the arrest of drivers.
It is not the first time the ride-hailing app has found itself in hot water in Asia. The company has operated illegally in Thailand since 2014 and was also recently driven off the roads for two months in Taiwan for unpaid fines. However, Uber has also shown some flexibility in the region. In May, the company departed from its traditional business model when it announced it would only work with official taxi drivers in Myanmar.
Uber was banned in the Philippines