Grab urges motorcycle-taxi player to play nice amid government regulation

“The ride-hailing sector is at a volatile state at the moment”
by Drei Laurel | Jan 9, 2020
PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

Grab has a message for all the country’s motorcycle-taxi players amid the government’s controversial pilot run: Play nice.

In a statement released yesterday, the country’s largest ride-hailing company urged a prospective motorcycle-taxi company to refrain from activities that may prove detrimental to the government’s attempts to regulate the industry.

“Recently, there were several activities conducted by a prospective TNC, which do not only disrupt the commuting public but also defies the policies and regulations set by the government,” the statement reads.

“The ride-hailing sector is at a volatile state at the moment, and any unnecessary trial by publicity and government defiance will only cause anxiety and inconvenience to the public and a negative cumulative effect on the entire ride-hailing sector.”

Grab goes on to call such activities “not only selfish but also misguided.”

“We need to have faith in the quality of our services and offerings and leave the rider-partners and the commuting public to decide their motorcycle taxi of choice.

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“As TNCs, we are bound by our responsibility to provide safe and convenient mobility solutions to the Filipino commuters, while providing meaningful livelihood opportunities to our driver-partners, all under the guidance and oversight of the government regulators.”

The company ends the statement calling for all motorcycle-taxi firms to abide by rules and guidelines set by government regulators. “Any contention must be expressed to the proper channels, without sacrificing the welfare of the millions of Filipinos counting on us—be it passenger or driver,” it stressed.

Grab, which has already announced plans to revive its own motorcycle-taxi service GrabBike, stopped short of naming any of the industry players it referred to in the statement.

By the sound of it, though, the ride-hailing giant’s message is directed toward Angkas, a company that until recently has been extremely vocal regarding its dissatisfaction with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) moves to regulate the motorcycle-taxi industry.

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