The Philippines just rolled out the world’s first framework of regulations for app-based ride-hailing, allowing Uber to legally operate anywhere in the country.
Under the regulations, Uber cars are required to be GPS-equipped sedans, SUVs, vans, or utility vehicles less than seven years old. All Uber drivers will be registered with Philippines transportation authorities.
“We are pleased to have collaborated closely with Uber and other tech companies in crafting regulations for a new class of public utility vehicles,” said Jun Abaya, Secretary of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communication.
Smooth rides are not guaranteed, however, at least not in the capital. Manila’s traffic is ranked among the top ten worst in the world, according to a 2015 Numbeo traffic index.