The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Thursday, Feb. 4, ordered ride-hailing app Grab to stop offerings its GrabBike service.
Last week, the LTFRB told online booking service MyTaxi.PH to stop offering to the public the motorcycle service. MyTaxi.PH explained, however, that it is Grab (formerly named GrabTaxi) which operated GrabBike.
During a meeting conducted by the Committee on Transportation of the House of Representatives, Grab vice president Nina Teng admitted that GrabBike operates without any authority and vowed to comply with any directive that may be issued for or against bike services.
For his part, LTFRB board member Ariel Inton urged Grab and independent motorcycle owners to stop the service. ?We hope Grab will make good its promise to accede to the cease and desist order issued by the Board,? Inton said.
?Also, we appeal to those independent motorcycle owners who also offer their vehicles for hire to stop even if they are not affiliated with Grab. Otherwise they will be apprehended and penalized.?
The LTFRB also maintained that it will not tolerate the use of motorcycles as public vehicles unless guidelines authorizing the service are released.
Grab, on its various social media accounts, announced that it will be ?temporarily? stopping operations but remained firm in its position that app-based motorcycle service is a solution to transport problems.
?We stand firmly on our belief that we have created an innovative solution to the country?s transportation problem and we are working towards finding a way to continue providing it to the community,? Grab said.
The company also expressed hope that the authorities will come up with a favorable decision regarding the possible regulations on the service.
?We?ve done this before with the support of our loyal Grabbers and we hope to be able to do it again with GrabBike,? it further said. — PNA