Grab to deactivate 8,000 slots; might affect 100,000 rides a day

by Drei Laurel
Jun 6, 2019
Brace yourselves: Inconvenience is coming.
PHOTO/S: Leandre Mari Grecia for TopGear.com.ph

Is taking a Grab ride part of your everyday routine? If your answer is yes, you're going to want to sit down for this.

The ride-hailing giant has announced that it is about to deactivate 8,000 of its transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units—all active drivers—that have failed to submit any evidence that they possess provisional authority from the Philippine Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

"This will reduce the number of vehicles servicing our commuting public, thus, inconveniencing many Filipinos," company president Brian Cu said in a statement.

"We hope that this inconvenience will be temporary, as we anticipate new drivers—even those from the 8,000—to take advantage of the 10,000 new slots for application starting June 10."

According to Cu, the decision to deactivate 8,000 TNVS slots is a difficult one for the firm.

But he added that it is Grab's duty to help the LTFRB enforce the regulation.

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"At the end of the day, many Filipinos will suffer from this painful step—both the drivers and the passengers," Cu said.

"We would want to avoid this from happening, but we are bound to comply with our regulator."

Grab stated that all in all, the total of 8,000 drivers to be deactivated equates to about 100,000 rides per day.

Based on the LTFRB's advisory on new slots issued in May, the drivers have until June 7, 2019 to comply.

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Brace yourselves: Inconvenience is coming.
PHOTO/S: Leandre Mari Grecia for TopGear.com.ph
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