Grab, Philippine National Taxi Operators Association to file petition for fare increase

admin   •   January 4, 2018   •   5543

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

GrabCar services to be suspended until MECQ is lifted, Grab says

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing service firm, Grab Philippines, on Monday announced the suspension of its GrabCar services following the reimposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Grab Philippines said its GrabCar services will be temporarily unavailable until the MECQ has been lifted.

“We’re temporarily suspending our GrabCar operations in all serviced areas under MECQ,” it said.

“Shutdown will commence at 10 pm tonight, August 3, 2020, until the MECQ is lifted,” it added.

Grab Philippines made the announcement after President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal under MECQ starting from August 4 to 18 amid the surge in novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

The move follows the appeal of medical workers to place Metro Manila under stricter quarantine classification for two weeks to give them a breathing space and to rethink the strategies in dealing with the public health crisis.

Grab Philippines, however, assured that other services including GrabExpress, GrabFood, and GrabMart will remain operational “to serve and deliver your essentials during MECQ.”

GrabPay will also continue to provide cashless payments and minimize contact, it added.

“We continue to be one with our communities when it comes to battling the spread of COVID-19,” it said.

Grab to suspend ride-sharing services starting March 13

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Grab Philippines on Thursday announced it will suspend its ride-sharing services starting Friday, March 13 in compliance with the social distancing being prescribed by authorities to combat novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In an advisory, Grab said its GrabShare services will temporarily be unavailable in Metro Manila and Cebu beginning 12:00 noon on Friday to help in efforts against the spread of the virus.

“Other Grab transport services will remain to be available to serve our commuting public,” it said.

The company also reminded its passengers to “plan their trips prudently” and to “take personal hygiene seriously,” as repeatedly advised by health authorities to avoid contracting the virus.

Grab said its ride-sharing services will resume “as soon as the public health situation de-escalates.”

The Philippines has so far recorded 49 coronavirus infections with two fatalities.

LTFRB to review, monitor Grab’s fare setting

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Thursday said it will review the fare setting of ride-hailing firm Grab Philippines after the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) imposed a fine on the company for overcharging.

In a statement, the LTFRB said the P23-million fine imposed on Grab PH was due to the firm’s failure to follow through a voluntary commitment it made with the PCC and was not related to the agency’s fare structure guidelines.

“To put it in proper context, the fine issued by PCC in its Decision recently rendered pertains to the failure of Grab to fulfill its commitment to PCC as embodied in Grab’s Undertaking which it voluntarily submitted to PCC. It has nothing to do with LTFRB’s fare structure.” LTFRB Board Member Engr. Ronaldo Corpus said.

The LTFRB met with the PCC on Monday to discuss the fine imposed on Grab.

The agency said a review will be conducted to monitor Grab’s fare setting “in order to determine any violation on the existing fare structure issued by the Board.”

Under LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular 2019-036, transport network vehicle services (TNVS) were ordered to charge the following fares: car sedans shall charge a flagdown rate of up to P40 with additional fare of P15 per kilometer; up to P50 for premium AUV/SUV with additional fare of P18 per kilometer; and up to P30 for hatchbacks/sub-compact vehicles with P13 additional charge per kilometer.

The LTFRB also allowed TNVS companies to charge a P2 per minute travel time and 2x pricing surge.

The PCC on Nov. 18 slapped Grab PH a total fine of P23.45 million and ordered the firm to return to its passengers some P5 million in overcharges.

Grab PH earlier assured to obey the antitrust watchdog’s order.

The LTFRB said it remains committed to its mandate of providing a transparent, accountable, safe, and timely service to the riding public.

“The agency shall continue to work closely with the PCC regarding this issue,” it added.

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