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LTFRB tells new ride-hailing firm Hype to explain 'illegal' fare

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board says it received a report that Hype has an unauthorized P2-per-minute travel charge

Now it's UV operators asking LTFRB P1-per-kilometer fare increase

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:32 PM

In a supplemental petition, operators of the shuttle service cite high fuel prices for the proposed increase in fares

FARE HIKE. Shuttle service UV Express operators ask regulators for a provisional fare increase. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Grab insists P2-per-minute charge 'legal'

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

After the LTFRB imposed a P10-million fine on Grab Philippines, the company says it is studying all legal options

LEGAL. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says P2 per minute fare is legal. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB fines Grab for P10M over P2-per-minute charge

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Grab Philippines is also ordered to reimburse commuters through rebates, although it can still appeal the LTFRB decision

CA affirms LTFRB order requiring GPS for buses

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The Court of Appeals denies a motion for reconsideration that sought to reverse the order mandating the installation of GPS devices in all public utility buses

INSTALL GPS. The Court of Appeals upholds the constitutionality of government orders requiring installation of GPS on public utility buses. Rappler file photo

LTFRB issues order for P9-jeepney fare

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) The provisional increase is effective immediately upon the issuance of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board order

INCREASE. Commuters and jeepneys in Quezon City on July 5, 2018 after the announcement of P1-fare increase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Grab drivers income drop 10% after 'illegal' charge suspension

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The P2-per-minute travel charge suspension cause the 5% to 10% driver income drop, says Grab Philippines head Brian Cu

LOWER INCOME. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu says drivers are now getting lower income. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

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Jul 05, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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P9 minimum jeepney fare starts afternoon of July 5

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Public utility jeepneys in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon are allowed to charge P9 for the first 4-kilometer ride

FARE HIKE. The LTFRB approves a provisional fare hike of P1 for the minimum fare. Rappler file photo

LTFRB's Delgra faces graft complaint for 'reserving routes'

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations accuses Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra III of reserving some routes for certain companies

GRAFT COMPLAINT. LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra faces a graft complaint for allegedly closing off applications to routes already reserved to certain transport companies. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOTr gives LTFRB full authority over ride-hailing companies' regulation

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This means ride-hailing companies can no longer set or change fare schemes on their own

LTFRB wants Metro Manila Council to ban tricycles as school service

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board wants to ban tricycles as school transport service, citing children's safety on the road

SERVICE. Tricycles are considered a popular school transport service in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel asks DOTr to allow motorcycles for hire

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Lawmakers and advocacy groups say doing so would ease the burden of commuters and help improve traffic

RIDE-HAILING SERVICES. House committee on Metro Manila Development urges the Department of Transportation to allow motorcycles to provide ride-hailing services. Photo from the House of Representatives

LTFRB not informed of Grab’s minimum fares

May 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Grab has been charging a minimum fare of P80 for its sedan and 6-seater vehicles, and P125 for premium cars

NOT INFORMED. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III says the Board was not informed of the minimum fare charge. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Lawmaker accuses Grab of charging 'illegal' P80 minimum fare

May 28, 2018 - 7:25 PM

PBA Representative Jericho Nograles says the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board did not authorize this minimum fare

FARE MATRIX. Grab Philippines has an in-app information card on their fare matrix. Screenshots from the Grab app

LTFRB rejects Palawan appeal to suspend anti-'colorum' campaign

May 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board instead promises to fast-track the franchise applications of qualified operators, amid concerns that tourism would be crippled

NO TO COLORUM. Palawan continues its operations against colorum vehicles in the province.

Grab asks LTFRB: Reimpose P2-per-minute charge

May 25, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Grab Philippines argues that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's suspension of the charges is an 'infringement' of the equal protection clause guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution

2 LTFRB staff face dismissal for extortion

May 25, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Amelita dela Cruz and Jean Gunda, both from LTFRB-National Capital Region (NCR), are facing a complaints for allegedly extorting money in exchange for vehicle franchises

Grab: Only 35,000 drivers serve 600,000 bookings per day

May 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu also says 'driver numbers continue to drop' after the suspension of the P2-per-minute travel charge

NOT ENOUGH. Brian Cu, Grab Philippines head, says number of drivers not enough to serve the total bookings made on their app. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB accredits ride-hailing company Micab

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Micab, an app for booking taxis, is the 5th ride-hailing company approved this year, joining Hype, Hirna, Go Lag, and Owto

5TH ACCREDITED. Micab is a taxi ride-hailing company accredited by the LTFRB. Photo from Micab's Facebook page

Grab drivers won't see rider destination starting April 27

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) But during wee hours of the night, drivers will have an option to see passenger destination

DESTINATION MASKING. Grab Philippines says the destination masking will initially be rolled out to 25% of Grab drivers with historically low acceptance rate. Rappler file photo

Grab sanctions nearly 500 drivers for excessive ride cancellation

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:15 PM

But Grab says the government's suspension of its P2-per-minute travel charge is also to blame for the mounting cancellations

EXCESSIVE CANCELLATION. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says drivers with 10% and above cancellation rate per week will face sanctions like suspension and complete banning from the platform. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Indonesia's Go-Jek eyes Philippine ride-hailing market

Apr 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

After Uber's exit, a dominant Indonesian startup sets its sights on the country. More and more local firms are also applying for accreditation.

Sacked official, LTFRB chief trade corruption allegations

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Former regional director Jun Abrazaldo confronts LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III before the oath-taking ceremony of new LTFRB Bicol director Vladimir Custer Kahulugan

LTRFB CHIEF. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III speaks at the turnover ceremony at LTFRB Bicol on April 21, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

LTFRB approves 4th ride-hailing company Go Lag

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Go Lag joins Hype and Hirna as the newest member of the transport network companies the LTFRB has accredited

NEW TNC. Go Lag joins the transport network companies accredited by LTFRB. Photo from Go Lag's Facebook page

LTFRB restores Grab's 2x price surge cap

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board restores Grab Philippines' surge pricing cap to 2 times the normal fare after it accredits new ride-hailing companies

HEARING. LTFRB restores Grab Philippines surge pricing cap at 2.0 times the fare.

Grab appeals suspension of P2-per-minute charge

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Grab Philippines says the suspension order is 'contrary to the law' and would 'cause irreparable damage' to riders and drivers

RECONSIDER. Grab Philippines' lawyer John Paul Nabua submits to the LTFRB a motion for reconsideration against the suspension of the P2-per-minute charges. Photo courtesy of Grab Philippines

Grab to appeal LTFRB suspension of P2-per-minute travel charge

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:15 PM

'If our drivers lose income because of traffic in Metro Manila, they might stop working as a TNVS driver and that would mean fewer vehicles to serve the public,' says Grab Philippines head Brian Cu

RIDE-HAILING. Brian Cu speaks during press conference in Quezon City on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, after the hearing on the alleged illegal fares. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Apr 19, 2018 - 12:20 PM

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US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'Mag-taxi ka na lang': Netizens tell riders complaining of higher fares

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:24 AM

'Kung di mo afford, mag-taxi ka na lang, or tricycle, jeep. Marami naman diyan alternative na masasakyan,' a netizen says

TRANSPORT. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

LTFRB accredits ride-hailing companies Hype and Hirna

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) The accreditation of Hype Transport Systems Incorporated and Hirna Mobility Solutions Inc is valid for two years

ACCREDITATION. LTFRB signs transport network firm Hype's accreditation papers. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grab: Riders not informed of P2-per-minute travel charge

Apr 18, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu maintains the travel charge is legal, and 'went to the drivers, it was reinvested by way of incentives or promos for passengers'

NOT INFORMED. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu admits riders were not informed of the P2-per-minute charge they included in their fare scheme mid-2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB to Grab: Why change fares on your own?

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

During the first hearing on the alleged illegal fares charged by Grab, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board points out that changes in fares must follow a process

ILLEGAL FARES? Grab Philippines head Brian Cu explains to the LTFRB how they set the time duration charges they added mid-2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Senators slam Grab's 'predatory pricing, overcharging'

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian calls on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to require Grab to provide a breakdown of charges in its receipts

AFTERMATH. Discussion with the Philippine privacy watchdog comes after Uber sold its entire Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LTFRB to Grab: Explain 'illegal' P2-per-minute travel charge

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board orders Grab Philippines to explain why its transportation network company accreditation should not be suspended or cancelled over the allegation

HEARING. Grab will appear at the LTFRB on April 17 to explain the extra P2-per-minute charges they employed mid-2017.

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Apr 12, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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Did Grab 'illegally' charge its riders higher fare?

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) Since mid-2017, Grab has been charging its riders an extra P2 per minute per ride, without approval from the LTFRB

ILLEGAL? Grab Philippines says they are transparent with their fares. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LTFRB lowers Grab surge pricing cap amid illegal fare allegation

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Effective immediately, the 1.5x surge pricing cap applies to all ride-hailing services offered by Grab

LOWER SURGE. Grab spokesperson Leo Gonzalez says the company will comply with the LTFRB ruling. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LTFRB: Uber can only operate until April 15

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board says Uber should resolve its issues with the Philippine Competition Commission before closing down – 'the sooner, the better'

HEARING. LTFRB holds a special hearing on the renewal of Uber's accreditation on April 11, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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Apr 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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No newly accredited ride-hailing apps yet – LTFRB

Apr 09, 2018 - 2:30 PM

LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada makes the statement after Transportation Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina said 4 new companies have been accredited

TNVS. LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada talks to reporters during a TNVS forum held by Grab on January 9, 2018. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Better for Uber to stop operations on April 8 – LTFRB

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:07 PM

'Their apps might be up but is the back system in place? Is the full support in place?' LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada says following the Philippine Competition Commission order for Uber and Grab to continue separate operations pending a review of their deal

CLOSE DOWN. The LTFRB wants Uber to close down if they don't want enough manpower to deal with customer grievances. PHOTO FROM SHUTTERSTOCK

No migration of personal data to Grab in Uber app shutdown – privacy commission

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu says the only data shared by Uber is driver data – which will only be available once the driver has given his consent

DATA. National Privacy Commission and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board conducted a joint press briefing regarding the Uber-Grab acquisition. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Baguio taxi fare hike too steep? Commuters launch online petition

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:31 PM

(UPDATED) The LTFRB in the Cordillera requires taxis to shell out for a global navigational satellite system, Wi-Fi, CCTV with continuous recording of the past 72 hours, dashboard camera, and online digital platforms

FARE HIKE. The flag-down rate of Baguio cabs remain at P35, but the per-kilometer rate has gone up since March 1, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Grab: When Uber shuts down, not all 20,000 drivers have moved to us

Mar 28, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Because of sheer volume, not all former Uber drivers will be onboarded by Grab on April 8

Nationwide crackdown on 'colorum' vehicles to start after Holy Week

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The government forms Task Force Kamao to apprehend unregistered public utility vehicles

ANTI-COLORUM. Task Force Bravo, an inter-agency task force against colorum vehicles, will be headed by DOTr Undersecretary Thomas Orbos. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

As Uber gives up Philippine operations to Grab, what now for commuters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'Obviously, it is not good. From a duopoly, it becomes a monopoly,' warns an economist

TAKE OVER. Starting July 8, all Uber drivers will migrate to the Grab platform after a merger deal. Uber office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Quezon City gov't shuts down Dimple Star Bus terminal, ticketing office

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Mayor Herbert Bautista says the closure is due to the bus company's non-compliance with the city's business permit requirements

CLOSED. Quezon City Mayor issued a closure order to Dimple Star Bus terminal and ticketing office along EDSA and Araneta Center-Cubao on March 26, 2018. Photo by Fortunato Madamba/Rappler

Dimple Star Bus owner appears at CIDG after Duterte's order of arrest

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Dimple Star Bus owner Hilbert Napat appears before the CIDG after President Rodrigo Duterte orders his arrest

INSPECTION. President Rodrigo Duterte, SAP Bong Go, and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III inspect the crash site where Dimple Star Bus fell. Photo courtesy of SAP Bong Go

LTFRB suspends entire Dimple Star bus fleet

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Operations of the Dimple Star Bus fleet are suspended for 30 days, following the fatal crash in Occidental Mindoro

INSPECTION. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III inspects the Dimple Star bus crash site in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, on March 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of DOTr-LTFRB