What did you think would happen, really?
Local transport group Drivers Unite for Mass Progress and Equal Rights (DUMPER) recently held a demonstration outside the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board protesting Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) because of declining profits for regular taxi drivers because of TNVS’ plying the road, specifically Grab and Uber.
Aside from taking away customers from drivers, DUMPER Vice President Gerry Donesa says that both services add to the already terrible traffic situation in Metro Manila, and accuses both TNVS’ with not paying the correct taxes.
“Ito lang po ang simple naming kahilingan: alisin ‘yang Grab at Uber na ‘yan. Bakit? Wala pong ginagawa ang gobyerno diyan. Hindi nagbabayad ng tax ang mga ‘yan,” he said.
But according to an interview given by Grab Country Manager Brian Cu to GMA News Online, that’s simply not true. “Ang Grab ay nagbabayad ng wastong buwis po. If you ask po all the members of the GrabTaxi service, all our partners there, masasabi naman po nila na may kinabuti na po ang kabuhayan nila noong sumali sila sa platform ng Grab,” he said.
The LTFRB has continually sought to regulate TNC’s in the country, and has issued a moratorium on the acceptance of new applications to become TNVS providers.