Uber pays P190M fine, proof of driver compensation needed for lifting of suspension

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — Uber on Tuesday paid a hefty P190 million fine to the government, but the company still has to show they have compensated their drivers for their suspension to be lifted, officials said.

Uber must show proof that they have paid its drivers P299,244,000 in financial assistance for the 15 days their drivers could not work as a result of the suspension, said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Board Member Aileen Lizada in a text message.

"That amount should come out at the end of the day when they comply," Lizada said.

Uber previously paid a P5 million fine imposed by the LTFRB on July 18 for allowing colorum vehicles to operate.

The July 18 fine, along with the P489 million due Tuesday "cost Uber close to half a billion pesos for defying government regulations, putting at risk tens of thousands of colorum Uber TNVS, as well as the riding public," Lizada said.

Uber has 36,367 registered vehicles.

LTFRB suspended Uber on August 14 for violating a July 26 order stopping the company from accepting and approving new applications for accreditation.