MANILA, Philippines – More than 6 months after it first applied for accreditation, Filipino-developed ride-sharing service U-Hop has been approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The certificate of accreditation allowing U-Hop to operate as a transportation network company (TNC) was issued on March 11, 2016.
The service, launched last July, also uses the app-based booking system model of TNCs like Uber and Grab. But unlike in these two services where one car is deployed to every passenger who requests for it, U-Hop offers a shuttle service that can seat up to 7 people at a time. (READ: App-based shuttle service U-Hop wants to get LTFRB nod)
“We launched our shuttle service because it is our vision to lessen the number of cars on the road, and we’ll continue that commitment by encouraging our partner operators to drive their own cars to uphold the concept of ride sharing,” the company said in a statement.
U-Hop said it aims to provide a convenient, reliable, and safe transport option for Filipino commuters without implementing a “surge pricing” mechanism during rush hour traffic and bad weather.
The firm is also offering its shuttle service for private employees, who will be picked up and dropped off at pre-arranged designated sites.
Similar to the other app-based services, U-Hop has its own on-demand vehicle service, U-Hop cars, that matches a passenger with an available vehicle.
“We want to provide the commuting public a transportation network system that’s affordable and does not increase its fare during rush hour and giving tips is not compulsory,” the company said. – Rappler.com
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