August 17, 2017, 7:12PM Makati
At V. A. Ruffino beside Mile Long Center in Amrosolo St. in Makati, we saw this taxi (plate no. AAO 4786) pick up two passengers. Even before the passenger at the back could close the door, the taxi started moving (PUV’s often practice this rude and dangerous habit). Even before the cab could go one block. We see the passengers go down and wait the the sidewalk again, presumably to get another ride.
We honked our horn because the traffic light was green and the taxi was blocking the way. But before he could cross the intersection, the traffic light turned red and the cab had to stop. Our honking seems to have caught the attention of the traffic aide at the corner and he confronted the cab. after some discussions, and when the light turned green, the taxi started moving away from the traffic aide who was obviously peeved because he tried to stop him by lightnly knocking on the cab.
LTFRB, this is what the riding public experiences at the hands of thousands of cabs EVERYDAY. We appreciate your zeal in getting UBER to follow the laws. But please understand the backlash you receive is due to the fact that UBER and GRAB drivers don’t treat us this way on a regular basis. We do not understand why you seek to punish UBER while letting cab drivers like these continue to terrorize and lord it over us and the apprehending authorities.
If you truly wish to protect the interest of the riding public. Please do something to correct an even BIGGER injustice that we the riding public experience at the hands of awful taxi drivers on a daily basis. We ask you to be even MORE aggressive in curtailing these practices, more so than what you do with UBER.
I guarantee you, that if you do, no one will vilify you in your crusade against UBER.