Grab PHL wants bigger TNVS cap

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GRAB Philippines (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) wants the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to further increase the cap on transport network vehicle services (TNVS), saying at least 80,500 cars are needed to cater to daily demand.

“LTFRB’s decision to open 10,000 new vehicle slots is a step in the right direction… but it’s not going to be enough. Replacing the inactive vehicles in the master list would be an additional measure that could go a long way in improving TNC (transport network company) service,” Leo Emmanuel K. Gonzales, Grab public affairs head, was quoted as saying in a statement.

He noted Grab, which only has around 35,000 active drivers, receives around 600,000 bookings a day.

“None of the other countries in the region have a supply problem like this. In fact, Grab’s allocation rate in Metro Manila is the lowest in Southeast Asia as only four out of ten bookings are able to be efficiently served.” Mr. Gonzales added.

The ride-hailing company also criticized the government’s inability to review its “master list” of active drivers despite saying before that it will do so every quarter. Grab said it could identify around 13,000 inactive drivers in the system.

The government’s master list is a collection of active vehicles from Grab and Uber —the two TNCs at the time of its creation — which are the only cars allowed to hit the road.

“We urgently request the LTFRB to replace inactive vehicles with active vehicles ready to serve the riding public. We also appeal to the LTFRB to increase the common supply base to 80,000 vehicles (equivalent to 65,000 active vehicles) and review the demand quarterly, consistent with their earlier pronouncements,” Mr. Gonzales said.

As of Aug. 24, the LTFRB opened applications for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) from TNVS not on its master list. The LTFRB said it saw about 55,000 TNVS in its list and decided to add 10,000 more to reach its target of 65,000 vehicles.

“This will result to a pool of TNVS that will be opened to accredited TNC providing this mode of public transportation making it more responsive, competitive and safer for the public,” the LTFRB said. — Denise A. Valdez