Booking your next Grab ride home might be a bit more difficult after June 10. Why? Grab Philippines recently announced that they will be deactivating at least 8,000 active drivers from their system.
The cause of driver deactivation was due to driver accounts who have yet to submit any type of proof of provisional authority (permit to operate) from the Land Transporation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
According to Brian Cu, Grab Philippines president, this will cause some inconveniences to their customers since 8,000 drivers can serve up to 100,000 rides a day. He added that while this is painful for them and for their passengers, it is their duty to help the LTFRB enforce the regulations.
“At the end of the day, many Filipinos will suffer from this painful step – both the drivers and the passengers. We would want to avoid this from happening, but we are bound to comply with our regulator,” added Cu.
Not all is doom and gloom however, as the LTFRB is set to open 10,000 new transport network vehicle services (TNVS) slots the same day that Grab will deactivate 8,000 existing accounts. They are hopeful that the inconvenience caused by June 10's deactivation will only be temporary since they will be replaced by 10,000 new ones.
With 45,000 active Grab drivers, the termination of some of its drivers could mean there will be longer waiting cues, as well as a surge in prices after June 10.