As our economy continues to open up and more offices now require employees to show up to work, more modes of transportation are required to get commuters where they need to go.

Our public transport system (buses, jeepneys, and trains) is stretched to the limit, as seen in various social media posts of crowds waiting in line at the bus and train stations and even along EDSA and several other streets in Metro Manila.

“This situation has created a serious imbalance to GrabCar's supply and demand condition, resulting in fewer GrabCar driver-partners on the road having to serve an ever-increasing number of passengers,” said Grab in a statement

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) answered the call on April 18. The Board opened 8,000 more transport network vehicle service (TNVS) slots for popular ride-hailing service GrabCar.

Its effect will not be immediate, however. According to Grab, the TNVS drivers will still have to undergo LTFRB-mandated onboarding procedures before they officially begin their service.

“As soon as the LTFRB TNVS online portal is ready to accept TNVS driver sign-ups, we expect additional TNVS drivers to be on the road in 2-3 months’ time,” shared Grab.

While 8,000 more GrabCars sound like a lot, Grab says it is still not enough to meet the public demand. They are still asking for more slots from the LTFRB.

“Over the years, we have worked very closely with our government partners and regulators, because safe and reliable transportation is key to bringing our economy back on track. Rest assured that Grab Philippines remains fully committed to providing safe and reliable transport solutions to many Filipinos, and helping bring our economy back on track,” added Grab.

Once all 8,000 new GrabCars are on the road, the next question will be, how will it affect the daily traffic situation in Metro Manila? Chime in with your thought below.

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