GrabCar drivers are starting to choose passengers
GrabCar is one of those apps that are a godsend for people who don’t like being rejected by choosy cab drivers, but lately it seems that GrabCar drivers are starting to select their passengers depending on their final destination. According to a report by ABS-CBN, GrabCar drivers did not respond to requests by passengers to pick them up and drop them off in far-away locations, or during rush hour when traffic is at its worst.
This hasn’t escaped the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) gaze and LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez wants the people behind the app to remove the feature that allows the driver to see the final destination of potential passengers before they accept the fare. He also wants the tip system removed, as it functions more as bribe rather than a tip, as it was originally intended.
Choosy drivers of taxis have been the bane of the commuting public since taxis have been around in the PH, and forces consumers to regularly negotiate with drivers to get to their destination. If left unchecked, GrabCar would devolve into a service that’s no better than the taxis it’s supposed to supplement, leaving consumers up a creek without a paddle.
For their part, GrabCar Philippines Head Natasha Bautista said that they are willing to abide by the LTFRB’s order.