Will car sharing solve traffic woes?

By Tracy Cabrera

IT’S been done in other countries, but will car sharing be agreeable to Pinoys? Hopefully.

In one of its ways to reduce the alarming traffic congestion in the country, Uber Philippines—a transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) company—recently launched its carpool version known as the UberPOOL.

Beginning as early as 6:00in the morning, passengers from 16 cities and municipalities of Metro Manila availing of Uber service, can ride and reach their location with a 25 percent cheaper fare compared to the usual 

With the UberPOOL, people going to the same place at the same time can ride together at a cheaper price, thus reducing number of cars plying Metro Manila.

 

Worst Traffic on Earth

Uber Philippines general manager Laurence Cua said UberPOOL could help solve the country’s worsening traffic problem and at the same time, reduce carbon and greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles.

According to a 2015 Waze study, Metro Manila has the worst traffic situation on Earth. A Japan International Cooperation Agency study, meanwhile, has put the cost of traffic in the country at P2.4 billion every day. The number of cars is rising at a yearly average rate of 2.13 percent, another study shows.

The regulation on TNVS has been the LTFRB’s legacy.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) went through an eye in the needle in bringing change and reforms in an old-age public transportation system.

The agency faced a lot of opposition but in the end succeeded in its plan. The fact is, the Philippines is now the first country in the world to have a nationwide regulation—from Batanes to Jolo—on ride sharing.

 

Passenger safety

Cua said safety of passengers from holdup men and other criminals has been assured by Uber’s 24/7 support system and validation of every rider.

For most Uber users, the idea of UberPOOL is greatly beneficial to motorists and travelers, especially when considering the worsening Metro Manila traffic situation.

“The time of waiting to pick another passenger may be from 5 to 10 minutes but in the long run, it’s not a big effort compared to the impact of this initiative on the traffic problem,” Cua stressed.

 

 

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