Ride-sharing firm Grab Philippines will deactivate at least 8,000 drivers in its transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) platform who do not have provisional authority from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) by June 10.
This, as the LTFRB opened 20,000 slots last December that drivers can apply for until June 7.
Grab Philippines president Brian Cu said the company has acted in good faith when it trusted that its TNVS partners would comply with the timeline set by the LTFRB.
“This will reduce the number of vehicles servicing our commuting public, thus inconveniencing many Filipinos,” Cu said in a statement on Monday, May 3.
Grab said it expects the inconvenience to be temporary as it anticipates new drivers to apply for 10,000 new slots starting June 10.
“This is very painful for us, our drivers, and passengers, but it is Grab’s duty to help the LTFRB enforce our regulations,” Cu further said.
Grab has 45,000 active TNVS drivers on its platform. — Aerol John Pateña (PNA)