Grab files petition for 5% fare hike

MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing company Grab on Friday, January 5, asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for a 5% fare increase, citing the impact of the new tax reform law on its operations.

In a petition before the LTFRB filed on Friday, Grab sought the following:

FILED. Leo Gonzales, Grab Philippines Public Affairs Office Head, show a copy of a petition for fare hike he filed at the LTFRB on Friday.

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This comes on the heels of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, which took effect on January 1. The law brings down income tax rates, but which increases excise taxes on petroleum, cars, and vehicle spare parts.

Grab said the new tax law would mean higher expenses for Grab drivers, which would require a fare increase in the company's fare rates.

"We looked into the cost of maintaining a vehicle, we looked at the lifespan of the vehicle, we looked at the price of petroleum products. Those are the bases that we used to determine the amount of increase per trip," said Grab spokesperson Leo Gonzales, upon filing the petition.

Grab is waiting for the LTFRB to schedule a hearing on its petition. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.