Grab asks LTFRB, DOTC for motorcycle taxi service regulation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Officials of Grab Philippines admitted that motorcycle taxi service GrabBike is still operating despite a stop order from transport regulators.

In a hearing with lawmakers on Wednesday (February 3), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Winston Ginez said the agency directed Grab to stop offering motorcycles as a public mode of transportation.

 

He said that there are no existing regulations for bikes and motorcycles as a public mode of transportation.

Ginez added that the operations manager of Grab clarified with the LTFRB that GrabBike is being operated by GrabBike Incorporated — a company separate from theirs.

This was also confirmed by Grab's PR Manager Lorelei Olalia.

"The Grab brand represents separate businesses and is not housed under a single legally incorporated entity. Hence, GrabBike is represented by GrabBike Inc. in the Philippines and is run separately from GrabTaxi, GrabCar, and GrabExpress," she said in a text message.

House committee on transportation Chairperson Cesar Sarmiento, meanwhile, reprimanded GrabBike for operating illegally and told them to stop operations immediately.

The regional vice president of Grab Mina Teng asked the LTFRB and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to create regulations and mandate the safety standards of motorcycle taxi services.

During Grab's rebranding last January 29, its Vice President of Marketing Cheryl Goh assured commuters that GrabBike is safe as their motorcycle riders are well-trained and have completed safety trainings.

She also acknowledged that it is necessary to address the safety and accreditation issues with the LTFRB and DOTC.