LTFRB orders Hype to explain alleged overcharging

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday ordered new transport network company (TNC) Hype to explain a report of alleged overcharging.

In a show-cause order dated July 17, LTFRB gave Hype five days to explain why it allegedly charged ₱2 per minute of travel time on top of its ₱40 flagdown rate and ₱14 per-kilometer charge sans the board's authority.

A hearing was set on July 24.

The order, LTFRB said, was issued in response to a report from a "concerned citizen."


The company is the second TNC that the Board flagged over alleged overcharging. Just recently, the LTFRB ordered Grab to pay ₱10-million penalty for overcharging, and reimburse passengers "by way of rebate, for charging ₱2 per minute waiting time."

(READ: Grab ordered to pay ₱10-M penalties for allegedly overcharging passengers)

Hype is one of the new TNCs approved by the LTFRB in April amid fears of a monopoly posed by Grab's acquisition of Uber.

(READ: Uber to transition services over to Grab in April)