Retired Col. Edgardo Montealto Jr., Regional Director of LTFRB-7, said his office apprehended in three separate operations last week four private vehicles for ferrying passengers using the app “inDriver.”
InDriver is not among the ride-hailing apps that include Grab Car, MiCab, Hype, and Hirna recognized by the LTFRB as legitimate and licensed to engage in transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) operation in the country, he said.
The four vehicles apprehended in separate operations last week were impounded pending payment of penalty ranging from $2,300 to $4,000 for engaging in colorum operations, aside from being blacklisted for 90 days, he said.
Although unaccredited with the LTFRB central office, inDriver emerged in Cebu two weeks ago and enticed taxi operators and private car owners to use the app for passenger booking.
Montealto said inDriver has no accreditation to operate as TNVS in the country, not even in Cebu.
Accordingly, inDriver was founded in Russia in 2012 and operates in 31 countries around the world but it has neither an office nor an operational base in Manila and in any part of the country.
The regional director of LTFRB-7 said he could not ascertain who is behind the operations of inDriver in Cebu as they could not locate its office here.
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