Could Grab's controversial time-based charging scheme make a comeback? If the ride-hailing platform's recent petition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) passes, it just might.
In a Facebook status posted yesterday, Grab country head Brian Cu said that the company filed a petition to bring back the P2.00 per minute charge to the LTFRB on May 22. He added that Grab feels it is only fair as newer ride-hailing firms have a time-based pricing component in their fares as well.
The executive also added that a fare hike petition has already been filed with the government agency, too. This is in order to help Grab drivers cope with rising operational costs such as fuel prices and maintenance.
"Ang fare hike po na ating hinihingi ay patas lamang sa fare range na inapprove ng LTFRB para sa mga bagong TNCs," Cu said. "Hanggang ngayon po ay naghihintay tayo ng kasagutan mula sa Board tungkol sa petition natin na ito."
Cu also urged the platform's drivers to continue servicing the public while the company coordinates its fares with the LTFRB, saying even passengers are having a difficult time at the moment.
"I urge everyone, sama-sama tayo na harapin ito. Ang mga drivers, operators, ang mga pasahero, at ang Grab, we belong to one TNVS community. Let's hope na pakinggan tayo ng ating mga opisyal at regulators sa ating mga hiling, at intindihin ang kundisyon ng mga drivers at mga pasahero na labis na naaapektuhan sa mga pangyayaring ito."
Would you mind the return of a time-based charge if it means an easier time booking Grab rides?