Grab files appeal to reimpose ₱2 per minute charges

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — Grab has filed an appeal to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reimpose its ₱2 per minute charge.

The petition to reinstate the time travel charge was filed on May 22, 2018.

"Sa tingin po namin, ito ay patas lang, dahil mayroon din naman mga per minute component ang fares ng mga bagong TNCs," Grab Philippines Country Head Brian Cu said in a statement posted on his Facebook Account.

[Translation: We think that it is fair because the new transport network companies (TNCs) also have per minute components in their fares.]

In their petition, Grab noted that the LTFRB allowed U-Hop to impose a ₱1 per minute charge. Meanwhile, HirNa, GoLag, OWTO and Micab were allowed to impose ₱2 per minute charges.

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Cu added that they have another petition for a fare increase pending at the LTFRB.

"Habang kami po ay gumagawa ng paraan sa abot ng aming makakaya para mai-ayos ang ating pamasahe, kami naman sa Grab ay nakiki-usap rin sa inyo to continue driving and to continue providing good service to the riding public," Cu said.

[Translation: As we look for ways to fix our fares, we at Grab are asking [our drivers] to continue driving and to continue providing good service to the riding public.]

He acknowledged that both the drivers and passengers of the ride-hailing app have been adversely affected by the higher price of fuel.

 

Grab was ordered by the LTFRB to suspend the ₱2 per minute fee on April 18, a charge which PBA Party-list Representative Jericho Nograles said was imposed without the knowledge of the public.

The ride-hailing app suspended the additional fee the next day, but contested that they have always been transparent with their passengers.

Driver-partners of the Grab contested the suspension of the pay, and argued that it greatly diminishes their take-home pay.

READ: Driver-partners slam Grab's destination masking, removal of P2 per minute charge