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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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'Angkas is Back' says Suspended Motorcycle Taxi Service After Winning Preliminary Court Relief

But the company warns booking a ride may be hard as it ramps up operations

“Angkas is Back”, announced the Facebook page of the motorbike-hailing company on September 6 shortly after news came out that a court granted the firm’s petition for a preliminary injunction against a government regulator’s order suspending the service.Angkas’ motorcycle taxi operations were ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 06, 2018 06:00:00
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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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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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US Ride-Hailing Firms Turn to E-Bikes, Scooters for Shorter Journeys. Is This Possible in PH?

Like Lyft, Uber is opening up its app to be used for riding electronic bikes or scooters

Amid preparations for its highly anticipated IPO, Uber is planning to offer electric bicycles and scooters as alternative transportation modes particularly for shorter trips, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview with the Financial Times.Khosrowshahi admitted that they earn less with bike ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 28, 2018 02:00:00
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Grab PH Did Not Engage in 'Phantom Bookings' as Alleged by Micab CEO

Grab Philippines country head says it investigated Micab founder's allegations and found them to be false

Grab Philippines country head Brian CuIn his contributed piece originally published unverified on the e27 site on 18 July, Micab Systems Corp. CEO, Eddie Ybanez made allegations about 15,000 "phantom bookings" on MiCab’s platform.Related story: Why You Can’t Get a Taxi or Car ...

by Brian Cu  | July 27, 2018 07:00:00
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Why You Can't Get a Taxi or Car Using the New Ride-Hailing Apps in Metro Manila

Micab's founder rails against what he calls Grab's unfair competitive actions that ultimately hurt consumers

Eddie Ybañez is the co-founder and CEO of taxi-hailing app MicabWhen you try to book a cab or a private car through one of the new transportation network companies (TNC) granted approval to operate in Metro Manila recently, and have trouble getting ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | July 26, 2018 10:00:00
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Are The New Ride-Hailing Services in Metro Manila Making a Difference?

We tried booking a ride with the three TNCs that recently launched operations in the capital region

The series of announcements that at least three transport network companies (TNCs) have finally launched operations in Metro Manila in the last few months was greeted with happy excitement by ride-hailing commuters in the capital region.Since Uber ceased operation in the Philippines ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 19, 2018 12:00:00
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PH Taxi-Hailing Startup Helps China’s Huawei Tap New Markets for Tablet PCs

The Chinese giant will develop similar products based on experience customizing the device for Micab

(L-R) Micab Co-founder and CEO Eddie Ybanez, Huawei Tablet & PC Global GTM Director Andy Zhao, Huawei Tablet General Manager Gavin Mingang Yi and Huawei Device Marketing and Service Account Manager Henry Hsiao pose in front of a Micab taxi after announcing ...

by Roel Landingin  | June 20, 2018 09:00:00
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Grab PH to Subsidize Drivers Earning Less Than Breakeven Fare Amid Adverse LTFRB Rules and Higher Fuel Prices

The transport network company expects to shell out Php100 million a month for the subsidy

Transport network company Grab Philippines announced on June 18 that it would subsidize all its drivers who will earn less than the breakeven fare amid tougher regulations from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and rising fuel prices.The company estimates ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 19, 2018 06:00:00
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