Grab Phillippines (Upper picture) & National Taxi (Lower picture)
MANILA, Philippines — The Grab Philippines and the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association are now preparing to file a petition for six to ten percent increase in their fare rates.
This comes on the heels of an expected increase in prices of petroleum products due to the tax reform law.
For instance, a passenger from Magallanes, Makati City en route to Greenhills normally pays P150 to P170 when taking Grab. But when the petition is approved, Grab car fares will go up by P10 to P13.
Grab reasoned that if they will not seek fare hike, their drivers may start looking for a new job. It will then affect the supply and demand of transport network vehicles or TNVS.
“If a fare adjustment is not made, this would put in question their income on a monthly basis and thus further potentially reduce the number of TNVS vehicles plying the streets because they would be forced to find other jobs that are better paying,” said Grab Philippines head, Brian Cu.
Aside from the prices of petroleum products, Grab Philippines also expects an increase in prices of spare parts and other expenses.
Rolando Macandili is among the Grab drivers who are worried about the impact of TRAIN Law on their livelihood.
“It will have a huge effect. I hope they will also increase the fare to balance out our take-home pay and have enough for our children’s allowances,” Macandili said.
The Philippine National Taxi Operators Association (PNTOA) will also appeal for a fare hike to the LTFRB.
The group of taxi operators will ask the LTFRB to increase taxicabs’ flag down rate from forty pesos to fifty pesos.
According to PNTOA President Atty. Bong Suntay, taxi operators and their drivers are suffering from huge revenue losses due to the high prices of gasoline, traffic congestion and intense competition with TNVS.
“If they will not make the fares reasonable, our industry will die because the drivers will no longer have income. No one wants to drive a taxi anymore, and operators are losing revenues,” Atty. Suntay said.
Some passengers, meanwhile, believe the fare increase being sought for by some transport group is reasonable.
“It’s okay as long as it’s not that high,” commuter Mark Delgado said.
Another commuter, Tish Ilagan, agrees, “I guess it’s just okay because everything will also increase. Jeepney drivers are also demanding for an increase. Everyone is demanding as if we can do anything about it.”
Grab plans to file their petition any time this week while PNTOA will hold a dialogue first with LTFRB before submitting their petition next week. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue