LTFRB warns commuters from using Russian-owned ride-hailing apps

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a warning for commuters from using two Russian-owned ride-hailing apps, InDrive and Maxim. These are not authorized by the government and therefore are not covered by insurance should anything happen.

These ride-hailing apps, which are mainly operating in the provinces (Baguio, Bacolod, Pampanga, Cebu, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro), have gained popularity, reportedly because of cheaper fares, amidst a burgeoning transportation crisis.

LTFRB chairman Teofilo Guadiz has instructed their operatives to apprehend drivers using the said apps, which could face an impounding of their vehicle and fines ranging from PHP 50,000 to PHP 200,000.

Guadiz adds that companies with TNVS operations must first get permits from the LTFRB to be certified as a transport network company (TNC).

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Russian-owned InDrive and Maxim ride-hailing apps have been operating in the country for the past six months. According to reports, these apps have no local offices or any kind of certification or permit from any local government agency.

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