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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: 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.

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

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

LTFRB will not process new franchise applications for ride-hailing services

Feb 02, 2018 - 2:07 PM

LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada says the regulatory board will process applications submitted as of July 2017

PRIOTIZED. LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada said current active drivers will be prioritized during franchise applications.

Current Grab drivers seek to be prioritized in permit application

Jan 30, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says it will review the limit on the number of vehicles for ride-hailing apps

TNVS. Grab Philippines Head Brian Cu urged LTFRB to increase the common supply base for Transport Network Vehicle Services in a press conference on January 30, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

'Hindi makatarungan': Grab, Uber drivers slam LTFRB for limiting cars

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Papatayin ninyo ang hanapbuhay ng mga Pilipino,' says TeamSpeed, a group of Grab and Uber drivers

AFFECTED UBER DRIVER. A group of Grab and Uber drivers wants the LTFRB to reconsider their order capping cars driving for ride-hailing applications. File photo by Raisa Serafica

LTFRB limits cars under ride-hailing apps to 45,700

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:07 PM

LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada says Grab has around 55,000 units, while Uber has around 70,000

CAPPED. LTFRB sets a limit to the number of TNVS drivers. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Fare hike? Uber to gauge impact of new taxes first

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Uber Philippines says it will take a 'holistic approach' and consider various factors before it files its fare hike petition

Traffic along Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong on August 15, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Grab files petition for 5% fare hike

Jan 05, 2018 - 3:09 PM

In its fare hike petition before the LTFRB, Grab cites the increased cost of vehicle maintenance and higher fuel prices with the imposition of a new tax reform law

HEADQUARTERS. Grab says the TRAIN law increases expenses for the thousands of drivers under them. Rappler file photo

Grab eyes investment in PUV modernization

Dec 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'It can be in the form of modernized jeepneys, it can be buses, almost anything,' says Grab Philippines public affairs manager Leo Gonzales

LTFRB slams TV host for spreading 'fake news'

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:07 AM

The LTFRB and TV host James Deakin lock horns over ride-hailing applications

TV HOST. James Deakin presents an automobile feature show. Photo from Deakin's Facebook page

Dela Rosa advises Grab: Think about security, not money

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:03 PM

This comes after a model Grab driver was killed by no less than the passenger who booked him

ONE-ON-ONE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks with Grab country head Brian Cu. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grab, Uber ordered to put LTFRB stickers on their cars

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The stickers will allow commuters and law enforcers to easily spot Transport Network Vehicles (TNVs) on the road either for riding or apprehension, the LTFRB says

STICKER REQUIRED. LTFRB releases a new memorandum circular. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grab allows 'No ID, No Entry' policy for passengers after driver's slay

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:56 PM

Grab also warns riders to be precise in setting their pick up and drop off points, as drivers will strictly follow what they pin down

FOR THE DRIVERS. Grab ups their security standards after one of their driver gets killed. Rappler file photo

Grab offers P100,000 bounty for killer of model driver

Oct 30, 2017 - 10:56 AM

This comes after Grab Philippines head Brian Cu talked to the family of slain Grab driver Gerardo 'Junjie' Maquidato

AWARDED. Maquidato was awarded in 2016 for his kindness to a passenger. Grab photo

LTFRB lifts Uber suspension

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Uber can operate in the Philippines again after the company paid a P190 million fine and provided compensation to its drivers

UBER BACK. The LTFRB allows the transportation giant to operate once more. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Uber pays P190-M fine but still suspended

Aug 29, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The LTFRB still requires Uber to submit proof that it has paid its drivers P299 24 million during the days they were not allowed to ply the streets

STILL SUSPENDED. Uber submits incomplete requirements to lift its suspension. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

A day without Uber

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:49 AM

How were the last two weeks for you?

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

P190-M fine should make Uber ‘rethink’ actions – Poe

Aug 26, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Senator Grace Poe however is quite disappointed the LTFRB released its decision late on Friday barring Uber from paying the penalty immediately

WELCOMED DECISION. Senate Grace Poe agrees with the LTFRB's decision to fine Uber P190 million in order to life its suspension. File photo by Senate PRIB

LTFRB to Uber: Pay P190 million, we'll lift suspension

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:49 PM

UPDATED The LTFRB bases the fine on the daily earnings of Uber which it estimates to earn between P7 million and P10 million per day by servicing at least 150 000 trips a day

SUSPENSION CONVERTED. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra faces media to explain their stand on transport network companies. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Declined, cancelled on by drivers, lawmaker calls on LTFRB to check Grab

Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Representative Jericho Nograles says was refused three times and at least two Grab drivers cancelled on him before one finally decided to take him

TOO MUCH? A lawmaker experiences first-hand issues with ride-sharing platform Grab. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber apologizes to LTFRB for 'misunderstanding'

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:55 PM

If there s been a misunderstanding in the past that s on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding says Uber regional executive Michael Brown

As Uber hits the brakes, TNC applicants eye share of riders

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:59 AM

At stake is a demand of 300 000 phone booked trips per day the LTFRB estimates

WAITING. UBER office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber suspension stays as LTFRB junks appeal

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED Uber says it is disappointed but will comply with the one month suspension order

DENIED. LTFRB denies Uber's motion for reconsideration. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Leader of TNVS drivers' group: Uber at fault

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:35 PM

TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel hopes Uber will learn its lesson and fully comply with regulations

DEMAND. TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel says Uber must provide for their drivers now forbidden to ply the roads. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grab puts cap on surge charges after Uber suspension

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:52 PM

The maximum 1 4x surge amounts to an additional fare of at least P20 and at most P50 the company says

LOWER SURGE. Grab country head Brian Cu says they do not want to charge riders too much after Uber's suspension. Grab app photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Malacañang stands by LTFRB decision to suspend Uber

Aug 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

While the Palace empathizes with commuters it stresses that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is just doing its job

UBER ISSUE. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says Malacañang recognizes the efficient services provided by transport network companies. Uber app photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

TIMELINE: Why only Uber is suspended

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED Because Grab has so far complied with the LTFRB s orders to stop accepting and accrediting new drivers – the rule that Uber supposedly violated

REGULATED. The LTFRB suspends Uber operations for one month, while its competitor Grab remains operational. Rappler photo

Public to 'suffer' from 'cruel' suspension of Uber – senators

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:56 AM

UPDATED It does not solve the problem but further exacerbates the problem of having an utter lack of safe reliable and convenient transportation options for our people says Senator Grace Poe

Uber suspended for 1 month

Aug 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED This comes after the transport network company defied the LTFRB order to stop accrediting more drivers

Taxi operators: Asking for higher fares is like Uber, Grab surge pricing

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Pagka ang pasahero magpapahatid sa lugar na matraffic malulugi yung driver says the head of the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association

ALLOWED. Unaccredited taxis arrive for the arriving passengers in Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

Uber to LTFRB: Don't impose ancient rules on technological innovations

Aug 03, 2017 - 1:25 PM

What we are asking for is the right regulation and right process We cannot impose 1900s level of regulation says Uber s Yves Gonzalez

REGULATIONS. Uber Philippines has asked the government to stop imposing ancient rules on today's technology innovations. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Uber survives LTFRB hearing, gets more time to defend accreditation

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Uber is off the hook for now

MORE TIME. The LTFRB gives Uber 5 more days to explain why their accreditation should not be cancelled. EPA photo.

LTFRB 'shocked' that Uber, Grab have over 100,000 drivers

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Uber tells lawmakers in a House hearing that it has more than 66 000 drivers while Grab says it has over 52 000

RISING VOLUME. This is the second time the government suspends acceptance of TNVS applications. Rappler file photo

Uber may lose accreditation for getting new drivers – LTFRB

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The LTFRB says Uber has continued to accredit new drivers despite being ordered to stop last July 26; the company denies it

REGULATION. The LTFRB has had a difficult time regulating the transport network companies as the Philippines is one of the first countries to do so. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

What's the fuss about the Grab, Uber regulation issue?

Jul 28, 2017 - 9:26 AM

What s happening between the LTFRB and ride hailing services? Here s a rundown of the ongoing controversy

LTFRB eyes 'minimum working hours' for Grab, Uber drivers

Jul 27, 2017 - 12:36 PM

LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says this will ensure that the ride hailing services fulfill their duty to serve the public and deter the practice of operating only when surge prices are high

MINIMUM HOURS. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says providing public service means having fixed hours of work. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LTFRB orders Grab, Uber to deactivate drivers registered after June 30

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:37 PM

LTFRB reiterates its order for Uber to submit its master list of drivers as the agency has only received Grab s

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Gov't tells PUV operators: Step up because of Grab, Uber

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The DOTr urges public utility vehicle operators to ensure good service while the LTFRB says the popularity of ride hailing firms should be taken as a wake up call

STEP UP. DOTr undersecretary Thomas Orbos tells PUV operators to do better because of Uber and Grab. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grab, Uber riders only a minority – LTFRB

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Sila lang ho yung maingay sa social media [but] definitely government will not budge we will not be allowed or influenced because of social media LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says

FAIRNESS. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada vows to treat other public utility vehicle operators equally as with Grab and Uber. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

MMDA chief orders colorum Grab, Uber drivers to get off the streets

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:07 PM

Kung colorum ka dapat wala ka sa lansangan MMDA chairman Danny Lim says addressing Grab and Uber drivers with expired or no permits

ROADS CLOGGED. MMDA chairman Danilo Lim says roads have been flooded with more cars in the past few years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

120,000 signatures back Grab, Uber petition vs LTFRB

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The petition appeals to the LTFRB to lift its moratorium on processing temporary permits for new Grab and Uber drivers

APPEAL. Grab and Uber drivers unite to file their petition against the LTFRB's ban of accepting new driver applications. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LTFRB lost Grab, Uber accreditation papers

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:05 PM

UPDATED The LTRFB board under the Duterte administration has been looking for the documents since it assumed office says board member Aileen Lizada

PAPERS LOST. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says when they assumed office, the papers of Grab and Uber were nowhere to be found. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Taxi, jeep, van operators call out LTFRB for 'unfair treatment'

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Public transportation groups say their members should also be spared from apprehension while waiting for the approval of their franchise applications

UNFAIR. Transport groups accuse the LTFRB of 'allowing' Grab and Uber drivers with expired or no permits to operate. Rappler file photo

U-Hop launches new services

Jul 20, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The homegrown ride hailing app goes beyond shuttle services as it introduces pre arranged taxi private car and social carpooling rides

EXPANSION. It was in July 2016 when it launched its app-based shuttle services, a month after securing LTFRB approval to operate as transport network company. Image from U-Hop official Facebook page

Grab, Uber to file motion for reconsideration vs LTFRB

Jul 19, 2017 - 5:37 PM

When filed the apprehension of Grab and Uber drivers without permits which is set to begin on July 26 will be put on hold

RECONSIDER. Grab and Uber unite to ask the LTFRB to withhold apprehending on July 26.

LTFRB fast-tracks renewal of expired Grab, Uber permits

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:46 PM

A one stop shop at the LTFRB headquarters in Quezon City will process applications from 8 am to 3 pm daily

FAST-TRACKED. The LTFRB opens a one-stop shop for quick processing of expired permits. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler