Published: Wednesday 12 July, 2017

GRAB Stops Accepting New Applications July 17: Temporarily, or For Good?

Grab Philippines will no longer accept new vehicle applications starting Monday, July 17. Grab announced the stoppage Wednesday after a hearing with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

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Grab Philippines will no longer accept vehicle applications starting Monday. (Company logo)

In an announcement, Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu said they will stop accepting new vehicles into their platform¬†in compliance to the regulations set forth by LTFRB MC 2015-016. Cu added that the ‘safety and welfare of current partners’ is another consideration. He did not elaborate.

Cu explained, however, that only new vehicle applications will be stopped. The company will continue to accept applications of drivers for vehicles already in the system.

Starting Monday, we will no longer activate new VEHICLES (new drivers assigned to vehicles already in the platform are allowed) unto the platform. This is in compliance to the regulations set forth by LTFRB MC 2015-016.

It is concern for the safety and welfare of our current partners that we make this decision. We know that there are still many of you who want to join the Grab platform, but we need to ensure that our existing partners are not placed at unnecessary risk.

Riding operations will continue, Cu clarified. Their accreditation has not been cancelled nor suspended. The LTFRB chose to impose a heft fine on Grab (and Uber as well) instead of cancellation or suspension. Doing so would adversely affect the riding public said the LTFRB.

Brian Cu’s full announcement is as follows: