Grab deactivates 15K drivers for lack of documents

MANILA Ridesharing firm Grab Philippines has deactivated at least 15,000 drivers of transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) units that do not have provisional authorities (PAs) from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) since January this year.

Grab Philippines president Brian Cu said the company was able to determine its drivers without PAs through verifying their database with the list provided by the LTFRB last May.

We were able to deactivate now on a larger scale because we received the list from the LTFRB, Cu said during a hearing at the LTFRB office on Tuesday.

Cu said Grab deactivated 10,000 TNVS drivers who have no documentation such as certificates of public convenience (CPCs) or PAs from January to May. The ridesharing firm deactivated 500 drivers on a weekly basis during that period.

He said 3,000 TNVS drivers were saved from deactivation last Monday because they were able to submit proof of PAs and CPCs to the LTFRB.

The company earlier announced that 8,000 drivers were set for deactivation on June 10 because they do not have PAs from the Board.

Grab said they deactivated the drivers in compliance with the June 7 deadline set by the LTFRB for the application of 20,000 TNVS units, which was opened last December.

The company also assured its riders that it will ensure that its fares will still be able to maintain the 2x surge price amid the reduction of the supply of its TNVS units.

Our team will closely monitor that should prices go up, we will adjust fares downwards as we still have commitments to the PCC (Philippine Competition Commission), Cu said.

The Grab official also expects that the inconvenience will be temporary as new drivers are expected to apply for the 10,000 slots for TNVS units which were opened by the LTFRB last Monday.

The company vowed to provide assistance in the filing of applications for TNVS units through its TNVS Assistance Program at Matrix Creation Events Venue in 11 Malakas St., Diliman, Quezon City which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 10 to 13 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 14. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency