Uber fined in Manila for lack of approved franchise

On October 23, 2014, despite the recommendation of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Philippine Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) imposed a ₱120,000 (US$2,676) to ₱200,000 (US$4,460) fine for using Uber on public utility vehicles and sedans, respectively. A spokesperson for the board said that Uber did not have an approved franchise to operate in the country, and not because of the service itself. The LTFRB also remarked that Uber can still operate in Metro Manila if the Philippine House of Representatives can give them a proper legislative franchise, saying "We want this scheme work in the Philippines because the application is good, but it has to work inside the context of Philippine laws." On October 30, 2014, after an intervention from the Department of Transportation and Communications, the LTFRB temporarily suspended apprehending Uber vehicles and will review its operations.