Grab to deactivate 8,000 drivers without provisional authority by June 10

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — Grab users should pack more patience as they may have harder time booking through the ride-hailing application.

The company said Monday it will deactivate at least 8,000 drivers who have yet to provide proof of their provisional authority to operate from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board by June 10.

"This will be done after Grab had acted in good faith that TNVS (transport network vehicle service) partners would comply within the time frame agreed upon with the LTFRB," Grab Philippines said.

The regulatory board in December opened 20,000 slots for TNVS units. Application for which will close Friday, June 7.

"This will reduce the number of vehicles servicing our commuting public, thus inconveniencing many Filipinos. We hope that this inconvenience will be temporary, as we anticipate new drivers - even those from the 8,000 - to take advantage of the 10,000 new slots for application starting June 10," Brian Cu, president of Grab Philippines, was quoted as saying.

In 2017, the LTFRB ordered Grab and its then rival Uber to deactivate more than 50,000 TNVS drivers for lack of franchise or PA.

At least 45,000 TNVS drivers are currently registered under Grab Philippines.