Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Grab | posted March 07, 2016 08:03
Grab launches unsanctioned jeep transport service
Applaud ride-hailing company Grab for their innovative efforts at creating mobility solutions for Filipinos, but there are certain caveats which includes explicit approval from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
In early February, Grab was recently sent a cease-and-desist order regarding one of their latest services, GrabBike but that didn’t seem to faze the company.
Grab’s latest venture is the free jeepney service GrabJeep that was launched this week with an experimental run of two months plying the EDSA route. It is equipped with wireless Internet, a TV and a climate control system.
As per the Board’s member Ariel Inton, the LTFRB is set to issue another cease-and-desist order to Grab against the GrabJeep service.
The Board sees the operation of GrabJeep as unfair to the current crop of public utility jeeps with legitimate franchises.
Grab counters by saying that the service is free and is meant to address the country’s public transport problems.
“Aside from GrabBike, GrabJeep is also subjected to cease and desist because there is no department order that specifies them to operate motorcycles or jeepneys. They (Grab) should not introduce these services to the market without permission from DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) and LTFRB. They don’t ask us first that’s why there’s a problem. Because they do not operate under a franchise, we cannot be responsible if a passenger meets an accident,” said Inton.