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Why Uber in Philippines Suspended Operations


Uber has always been known as a force to be reckoned with. The company is popular for employing a dominating approach as it enters a new city. This stance however, didn’t seem to work for Uber in Philippines. In the past, Uber had taken on state governments in big cities around the world such as Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Austin and Pennsylvania over a number of issues. The company has come under fire for many reasons including fingerprinting drivers, driver classification and even friction with local cabbies. Uber in Philippines


Uber in Philippines suspends operations


Uber faced similar backlash in Philippines when it came to registering drivers. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in the country mandated Uber and other rideshare companies to ensure their drivers and partners must apply for permits before registering as drivers. The permits included:

  • PA (Provisional Authority) – is a temporary permit to operate as a TNVS, valid for 45 days and renewable for up to 135 days
  • CPC (Certificate of Public Convenience) – is an official permit to operate as a TNVS, valid for 1 year and renewable for up to 7 years.

Due to the large number of drivers applying for permits, the LTFRB had to deal with backlogs and asked rideshare companies to stop registering drivers so that the backlogs could be cleared. It was reported that the companies refused to stop registering drivers and were fined about $100,000 each. After it appeared that Uber still didn’t comply with stipulated regulations, the company was banned for a month and asked to “cease and desist” operations.

Uber in Philippines went on to suspend its service after the ban, citing the company’s displeasure with the Regulatory Board’s stance.


In March 2018, Uber announced that it will be exiting Southeast Asia. The rideshare giant sold its stake in the region to Singapore based, Grab signaling the end of Uber in Southeast Asia. It seemed Uber’s decision to suspend its services in the Philippines is congruent with the company’s sales of its stake in South-East Asia.


What we think


If you stand to gain more by selling off struggling operations and making strong partnerships, then by all means, do so. Grab has a stronger hold in Southeast Asia where its food delivery, carpooling, cashless payments and bike share services are available in 191 cities. UberEATS and Uber’s ridehailing services will now be available on Grab’s app.



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Drive With Uber In Philippines


Driving with Uber in Philippines is not a difficult process. Once you familiarize yourself with the necessary documents required by law for you to enrol as a rideshare driver, the big hurdle has been surpassed. Uber has simplified the process by breaking it down into steps to help you get started on your journey. Do you want to become an Uber driver in Philippines? Welcome, this post is for you. Now, follow these steps below: uber in philippines



To become an Uber driver in Philippines, you will need to meet certain requirements first of which is the age factor. You have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfill the steps listed below:


STEP 1 – Get your Documents Ready

  • A Professional driver’s license
  • Vehicle’s certificate of registration documents
  • Comprehensive Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • You (driver) must be the holder, or at least a listed driver
    • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
    • Must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • A photograph of you (the driver). It must be a clear headshot.
  • DTI Business Name Registration (This can be done before or after the signup process)

Regulatory documents

All Uber partners in Philippines must apply with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as a Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS). The LTFRB regulates ride sharing companies in the Philippines. The following permits must be applied for by all Uber partners:

  • PA (Provisional Authority) -is a temporary permit to operate as a TNVS, valid for 45 days and renewable for up to 135 days
  • CPC (Certificate of Public Convenience) -is an official permit to operate as a TNVS, valid for 1 year and renewable for up to 7 years.


Please Note:

It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.


STEP 2 – Signup Online

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to sign up through the Uber website – using our link: www.uberkit.net/signup. (You get a signup bonus if you use our link, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated).


STEP 3 – Wait for Uber Background Checks

Uber will typically take up to two weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically they will take the documents provided in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Criminal History Check
  • A Driving History Check


STEP 4 – Onboarding Process

After signing up and uploading the required information, everyone who wishes to become drivers in Philippines will need to go through an onboarding process. Uber uses this process as a means to ensure that the drivers are properly qualified and up to the standards that Uber needs to maintain for clients.

During this process, you will need to register on the Uber platform as a driver for the Uber services. You also will have to upload the prepared documents.

After this, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. This is something that you can prepare for by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. One way or the other, you will then be tested on knowledge of whatever part of Nigeria you wish to drive in. This knowledge is essential for a good driver.

After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.



STEP 5 – Get an Uber Approved Car

As for the vehicle to use, you need to make sure it fits the car requirements specifically for Uber drivers in Philippines (or your specific city). Note – Uber has various services, so you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information on that. Some of these requirements include the fact that the car should be no older than 3 years (A model 2014 or later). The car should also have no major cosmetic damage.

Salvaged or rebuilt vehicles cannot be used, and full-size vans or marked vehicles such as taxis are a no-no, too.


What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

Keep in mind, there is no need to give up, if your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle—in fact, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers.

However, I would recommend not going overboard when you are purchasing a new car to be used as an Uber vehicle. It is a good idea to select an average but sturdy car that is not a particularly new or fancy model but fits Uber’s car requirements. Note – See the Nice to Know section for due diligence you should probably do, before buying a car specifically for Uber.


Selecting an Uber Service

Another thing to keep in mind when you are selecting a car is which category of Uber you wish to work under. Uber in Brazil offers 4 Uber services, UberX, UberPOOL, UberHOP, UberCOMMUTE and UberBLACK.

UberX is the mid-tier cost Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with.UberX requires an everyday car such as a Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Mazda3 or Mazda6, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruz, etc.

With UberHop service, riders going towards the same direction during rush hour can share a ride.  UberPOOL is similar to UberHOP. However, the service is not restricted to rush hours. The service matches up to 3 riders headed in the same direction. UberCOMMUTE is a revolutionary service that allows normal drivers who are headed to work share their rides with others headed in the same direction. Through this, they can recover driving expenses incurred.  UberBLACK is a luxurious service that provides convenient and premium service to people with deep pockets. As an UberBLACK driver, you have to use sleek cars with black exteriors. The vehicle’s interior can be black, grey or beige with leather seats.  UberBlack drivers are entitled to higher fare rates compared to some of the other services.


STEP 6 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you  get Uber passengers. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, that is perfectly fine.


What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, there is no need to worry. All you need is to decide on an Uber service, find a car that meets with the requirement of that particular service, and then hit the market. What’s more is, you do not necessarily have to buy a new fancy model car – a used car that meets the requirement should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the cash, just see the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber Car, through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you start the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.


Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber partner in Philippines, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that you will be forking over a certain amount of money to pay for fuel.

In addition to the afore-mentioned you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. If you are looking to do proper due diligence before acquiring a car and want to assess the profitability of Uber as a business whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver), or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you might just need to check out either of our Uber Kits at the top right of the linked page: uber in Philippines


Adhere to these steps and you are well on your way to becoming an Uber driver in Philippines. Don’t forget to share your experience with us when you get on the road.


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