Published: Friday 20 April, 2018

Grab PH Stops P2 Per Minute Travel Charge But Continues Appeal to LTFRB

As of midnight last night (12:00 AM April 20), the P2 per minute travel charge of Grab has been stopped. This after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered Grab PH to stop the travel charge or face sanctions. But Grab says, it has already filed an appeal with the LTFRB for reconsideration.

According to Grab PH country manager, Brian Cu, they were forced to stop the charges lest they and their drivers face heavy penalties, even suspensions or the revocation of their accreditation. But Cu says he now worries for the welfare of their drivers because they may not earn enough without the P2 per minute travel charge. 

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“Ayoko nang isipin kasi nakakatakot “yung mga posibleng mangyari kung hindi namin ipinatupad ito. Baka ma-fine kami, ma-suspend kami. And ang pinakaimportante for Grab is the livelihood of our partners and providing the quality service to our passengers,” Cu said when interviewed on GMA’s Unang Balita Friday morning.

“Ngayon, kung ma-suspend kami, we won’t be able to do both. So better we comply and find ways na lang to work with the LTFRB para maibalik ‘yung per minute.”

In earlier interviews, Cu said the LTFRB order will hurt both drivers and passengers. Without the travel charge, drivers may opt to ‘sign out’ during peak hours when there is heavy traffic because they will earn less. Thus, there will be a shortage of available vehicles causing inconvenience to the public. This, in turn, will also cause more price surges.

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