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LTFRB warns public not to use Maxim, InDrive apps

TARLAC CITY, Tarlac (Jan. 28, 2023) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has warned the public not to use two unregistered ride-hailing apps – Maxim and InDrive – for security reasons.

Independent Driver (InDrive) and Taxi Maxim (Maxim) were flagged by the LTFRB yesterday for the dangers they pose to riders, as both companies are operating in the country without the required transport network company license.

“It undermines ‘yung security ng mga riding public natin. Hindi mo identified ‘yung tao, and then pag may nangyari sa’yo, there is no insurance na sasagot,” LTFRB Chairman Teofilo Guadiz III said.

“InDrivers are not accredited by any government agency and are not monitored by any government agency,” Guadiz added.

Of the two, only Maxim operates in the province, including in Angeles, Bacolod, Bago, Baguio, Batangas, Cabanatuan, Cotabato, Davao, Iloilo, Manila, Olangapo, Puerto Princesa, among others, where you can use their services for taxi and tricycle rides, courier services, and food delivery. It has more than 50 million installs from the Google Play Store alone.

According to the Taxi Maxim website, the company was founded in Georgia and operates in more than 1,000 cities in 18 countries. InDrive meanwhile operates in more than 700 cities in 47 countries and was founded in Russia.

“If you are the TNVS company, gusto mo mag-conduct ng business dito, you have to go through the legitimate government process. Magparehistro ka muna, have yourself accredited, have yourself registered with the different government agencies.

“Hindi naman po namin sinasaway si InDrive at Maxim to enter into a legitimate business in the Philippines,” Guadiz said.

Ronald Dizon
Ronald Dizon
Ronald was correspondent for several Philippine dailies and weeklies a score of years ago and was editor of a South Pacific paper. He still writes for this online news service and several local weeklies. If he's not busy, you might catch him online on playing that godawful old game. "Aaaa kakakaka!!!!!"


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