Taxi drivers’ group stormed LTFRB to protest Grab, Uber and other TNC operations in the country.
Transport Group Drivers Unite for Mass Progress and Equal Rights (DUMPER) stormed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to express their anger at Grab, Uber and other Transportation Network Company (TNC) operations in the Philippines.
Taxi drivers’ group protests TNC operators
According to Gerry Donesa – DUMPER Vice President, they decried two transportation network companies as the presence of such corporations caused the drop in regular taxi drivers’ profit, a report on GMA's "24 Oras" said.
What’s more, it is clearly seen that the operation of both Grab and Uber has contributed to Metro Manila’s horrendous traffic flow. Donesa claimed that the two TNC operators have worsened the traffic situation in the capital .
However, Grab Country Manager Brian Cu rejected Donesa’s statement. “Ang Grab ay nagbabayad ng wastong buwis po. If you ask po all the members of the GrabTaxi service, all our partners there, masasabi naman po nila na may kinabuti na po ang kabuhayan nila noong sumali sila sa platform ng Grab”.
Regarding the issue, the LTFRB said it has already put regulations in place for TNC operators. The agency also ordered a cap on the surge prices of Grab and Uber, setting the limit at twice the fare, excluding the base fare.
The LTFRB need awaiting updates from Congress to further regulate the industry properly.
“Yun ang hinihintay namin, na lumabas na hopefully ang Congress ng kanilang version on how to regulate this new kind of technology. So 'yung ginagawa ng LTFRB is we are putting in measures para hindi lumobo 'yung number ng Grab and Uber”, said LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada.