LTFRB orders ride-hailing firm Arcade City to stop operations

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the ride-hailing firm Arcade City to stop the launch of its mobile app next week.

“The LTFRB is strongly warning Arcade City to cease and desist from launching its mobile app on April 16, 2018 and to stop all bookings made with this application/platform as those who are operating are considered ‘colorum’ (illegally operating),” the board said in a statement late Thursday.

“Otherwise, LTFRB will be constrained to take legal actions against Arcade City and all responsible parties involved,” it added.

The Board said it had advised the company as early as August 2017 to cease its operations as it was operating as another transportation network company without coordinating with the agency.

Arcade City said it is launching its decentralized ridesharing network across Southeast Asia, particularly in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam on April 16.

“Arcade City is happy to continue filling the void Uber leaves behind. Drivers and riders all over the world are excited for a true alternative,” the company said in its blog. PNA-NORTHBOUNDASIA.COM