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Booking a Ride With Grab PH Eases as Allocation Rate Climbs After Return of Time-Based Charge

Active drivers are putting in more time but the platform still lacks vehicles

If you feel like booking a ride with Grab Philippines, the country’s biggest ride-hailing company, has been getting easier these days, don’t credit it to luck. The platform’s drivers are simply taking more trips, thanks to the re-imposition of its Php2 per ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 08, 2018 10:00:00
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Did LTFRB Just Thwart Go-Jek's Plans to Enter PH and Compete vs. Grab?

Indonesian startup's application is "on hold" after agency adopts fresh moratorium on new ride-hailing platforms

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has stopped issuing licenses for transport network companies (TNCs) anew as the agency studies its self-imposed supply cap for the service providers in the industry.In Memorandum Circular No. 2018-016 published on August 15 in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 28, 2018 10:00:00
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How the Return of Time-Based Charges Will Impact the Cost of Car-Hailing Rides on Grab and Hype

Grab PH cuts maximum price surge from 2x to 1.6x to ease burden on customers

Riders of ride-hailing companies Grab Philippines and Hype Transport Systems Inc. will have to pay the time-based charge again starting today, September 21, after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) lifted its suspension of the fare component on September 4.In ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | September 21, 2018 03:00:00
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LTFRB Lifts Suspension of Grab PH's Php2 per Minute Charge

Regulatory body orders ride-hailing company to unbundle fare components in receipt

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has lifted its suspension of Grab Philippines’ Php2 per minute charge in an order released September 5, according to an official of the regulatory body.The order, which takes effect 15 days after publication in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 05, 2018 05:00:00
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Voices from the Road: TNVS Drivers Weigh Impact of LTFRB Actions on Viability of Ride-Sharing Business

Car owners vow to serve commuters despite earnings drop due to higher fuel prices and adverse regulations

At Php2 per minute, the time component of the fare that users of GrabCar ride-hailing service pay for a trip looks minor. That seems to be the impression when compared to the Php40 base fare that kicks in as soon as you ...

by Roel Landingin and Pauline Macaraeg  | September 05, 2018 03:00:00
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LTFRB Reverses Order Compelling Grab PH to Reimburse Riders for 'Unauthorized' Fare Charge

However, ride-hailing company will still need to pay Php10-million penalty

The Land Transportation and Franchising Board has reversed its July 9 order to MyTaxi.Ph Inc., the company operating Grab Philippines, to reimburse the Php2 per minute it charged to riders for trips made from June 2017 to April 2018 through rebates, giving ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 04, 2018 06:00:00
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Indonesia's Go-Jek Seeks Provisional Permit and Forms Firm in PH, Says LTFRB Official

Transport regulator warns the Southeast Asian unicorn could wipe out local ride-hailing companies

Go-Jek, Indonesia’s first unicorn and leading ride-hailing and technology company, is seeking a permit to operate in the Philippines after incorporating a domestic affiliate, according to an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).Speaking during a congressional hearing on ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 07:00:00
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LTFRB Backtracks on Warning to Go After 'Colorum' Ride-Hailing Cars Starting Sept. 1

Agency says only 782 applications for permits were received since issuing the warning

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has agreed to push back the crackdown on unauthorized or “colorum” transport network vehicle services (TNVS) providers, which was set to begin on September 1.The LTFRB has not announced a new date for the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 06:00:00
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How Soon Will Commuters Feel the Impact of LTFRB's Move to Add 10K Slots to TNVS Supply?

The regulatory body says they can process only a few hundred applications a day

The recent decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to open 10,000 new slots in the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) supply base in Metro Manila has been generally welcomed by all industry stakeholders.The move will increase the number ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 30, 2018 09:00:00
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As LTFRB Sets Sept. 1 Crackdown Vs 'Colorum' Ride-Sharing Cars, Drivers Raise Concerns

Low proportion of applications point to problems about regulation and attractiveness of TNVS as a business

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced it will launch, yet again, a crackdown against so-called “colorum” or unauthorized ride-sharing cars starting September 1, according to news reports. It had previously announced a similar move, set to begin August ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 24, 2018 07:00:00
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Manila Taxis May Soon Charge Higher Fares That Match Ride-Hailing Apps' Tariffs. Will Better Service Follow Suit?

LTFRB starts re-calibrating meters of taxis in Metro Manila to reflect fare hikes approved in 2017

After a delay lasting all of seven months, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) finally started re-calibrating meters of taxicabs operating in Metro Manila on July 31 to reflect higher fares approved way back in November 2017.  The process was ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 03, 2018 06:00:00
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Grab Drivers Count Their Losses After Fuel Prices Surged and LTFRB Removed Per Minute Charge

Two drivers share their estimates of the impact of recent regulatory changes

In explaining why it has become harder of late for Grab customers in Metro Manila to book a ride, the company’s Philippine country head, Brian Cu, cited the 18.6 percent reduction in available cars—from 43,000 to 35,000—due mainly to delays in the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | May 03, 2018 06:00:00
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(LOOK) How Grab PH Fares Moved in the Past 2 Weeks in Response to LTFRB Orders

Here’s what we found after checking the prices of rides at various times of the day along a single route for 12 days

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a number of orders in the past two weeks in a bid to keep fares charged by vehicles belonging to ride-sharing network Grab Philippines competitive after its rival Uber ceased operations in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez, Pauline Macaraeg and Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | April 24, 2018 06:00:00
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