So that’s that. Grab’s time-based P2.00 per minute charge is returning, and you can expect it to be reflected in fares as early as 12am tomorrow (September 21, 2018).
In a Facebook post released earlier tonight, Grab Philippines head Brian Cu confirmed that the per minute charge—the subject of months of scrutiny and back and forths between the ride-hailing firm and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)—will once again be in effect.
“In about three hours maibabalik na ang ating P2.00/min fare component. Makabubuti ito sa income ng ating driver partners at magiging fair ang fares natin muli,” Cu’s statement, posted at around 9pm, reads.
“Nais kong magpasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong upang maibalik ito. Lahat ng driver groups at TNVS community na nagtiwala sa Grab during this time, salamat sa inyo,” he added, going on to thank the LTFRB for its patience and understanding regarding the issue.
In an LTFRB memorandum circular signed on September 5, the government agency gave the go signal for the time-based charge. “The 2.00 per minute charge shall apply to all types of TNVS vehicles,” the order reads. It will apply to all, whether it’s a sedan, AUV, SUV, or any other ride-hailing vehicle.
Hopefully this leads to an improvement in service and an easier time finding rides from Grab. Do you think the ride-hailing scene will finally return to normal following this development?