LTFRB asks DICT to shut down mobile app of new ridesharing firm

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has requested the assistance of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to shut down the online system of ride sharing company Arcade City as it may have engaged in colorum operations.?

The move comes after LTFRB ordered Arcade City to cease its operations as it has not received any application for them to be considered as a transportation network company (TNC).?

In a letter addressed to DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, the Board asked that the mobile application of Arcade City be disconnected in the network to stop its operations and prevent any possible injury and harm to the riding public.?

"As per monitoring, City Arcade (sic) connects a probable passenger to a transport provider via a mobile application like that of Uber and Grab. Please be informed that subject entity is not accredited and authorized as a Transport Network Company by LTFRB, and hence, no authority or license to venture into such business, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said in the letter.?

LTFRB earlier said that Arcade City has not coordinated with the agency, thus, it cannot operate.?

"LTFRB strongly warns Arcade City to stop all bookings made with the use of this kind of application or platform. Otherwise, it will be constrained to take legal actions against Arcade City and its illegal TNVS operators considered as colorum, the Board said in an advisory.?

On Wednesday, US-based ride sharing company Arcade City posted on its Facebook page that it is recruiting and activating drivers same-day across the Philippines brought about by Uber's suspension.?

It has launched its mobile app this month to the Apple and Android app stores which is now available in the country.

Source: Philippine News Agency