#CommuterWatch: Should the Government bring back GrabBike?
MANILA, Philippines – No one can deny that traffic is increasingly getting worse in Metro Manila. With the current congested and crippled state of mass transportation in the city, there are only so many options for the busy Manila commuter.
Late last year, ride-booking service Grab launched the latest iteration of their service: GrabBike. Aside from booking a taxi, car, or even a helicopter, the app’s users can now also book a motorcycle to get around Metro Manila. (READ: Road-testing the GrabBike)
Since its launch in the Philippines in 2013, the Grab app has had 12 million downloads, making GrabBike accessible to virtually anyone with a smartphone. Last Feb 4, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a Cease and Desist Order for the service.
The LTFRB decision was founded on concern for passenger safety.
But until the LTFRB releases revised regulations for motorcycles, only 4-wheeled vehicles will be allowed to offer public transport. Meanwhile, other 2-wheeled unofficial public transportation systems like habal-habals remain unapprehended.
While the Cease and Desist Order is in place, around 800 registered GrabBike riders will be jobless and without income. Meanwhile, options for public transportation within Metro Manila remain few and far between.
What’s your take on this issue? Are you or aren’t you happy with the transport options currently available? Do you think the Government should bring back GrabBike? Tell us.
On Tuesday, March 8, we will be holding a Twitter conversation with the hashtag #CommuterWatch based on the issue of alternative public transport options for the daily commuter.
We would love to know what you think. Join the discussion on Tuesday beginning at 5 pm. – Rappler.com