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Will PUVs Soon Be Exempt from Number Coding Scheme in Metro Manila?

DOTr reveals policy shift provided private sector support carpooling and use of public transport

Government authorities in charge of transport and road traffic policies in Metro Manila are now open to the idea of conditionally exempting public utility vehicles (PUVs) from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)’s number coding scheme, the Department of Transportation said in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 17, 2018 05:00:00
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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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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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(Infographic) Is LTFRB to Blame for What Grab PH Calls a Ride-Hailing Vehicle Supply Crisis?

The TNVS shortage has reached crisis proportions that Grab says is bound to get worse

If you want to understand why Metro Manila residents are having such a hard time booking rides with Grab in recent months, a quick and easy way is to take a look at the graph in this page on the ride-hailing company’s ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 20, 2018 04:00:00
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Lower Fares and Easier Bookings Expected With PCC's Conditional Clearance of Grab-Uber Merger

The PCC will monitor Grab for a one-year period to ensure that it meets certain commitments addressing anti-competitive concerns

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has cleared the merger between ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber in the country, the anti-trust body announced in August 10.In what it calls a “Commitment Decision”, the PCC detailed seven conditions that Grab has to meet to ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 10, 2018 01:00:00
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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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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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Global Tech for Local Needs: The Story Behind Davao’s Hirna Taxi-Hailing Startup

Hirna won LTFRB accreditation by adapting proven technology and collaborating with authorities

The Hirna co-founders decided to work with taxis rather than private cars because they did not want to encourage potential partners to buy new cars and increase road congestion in Davao CityHirna Mobility Solutions is one of the first new transport network ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | May 11, 2018 09:00:00
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