GrabBike gets suspended
In a move that should surprise no one, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has called on GrabCar Philippines operator MyTaxiPH to immediately cease operations of their GrabBike service. In a letter addressed to GrabCar Phil’s operations head Gines Barot, LTFRB regional director and officer-in-charge Glenn Zaragoza says that they are not authorized to use bikes and motorcycles as a mode of public transportation. GrabCar Philippines is only authorized to utilize TNVs for their service (which include cars and other similar vehicles).
LTFRB warns Grabcar to cease motorcycle service operation or face cancelation of its TNC accreditation. pic.twitter.com/xcyEEo2lUH
— Official LTFRB (@LTFRB) January 27, 2016
“Be reminded that aside from safety issues, bikes and motorcycles are neither authorized by the Board nor by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to be offered to the public as mode of public transportation,” the letter reads.
Mr. Zaragoza is asking GrabCar Philippines to cease using motorcycles and bikes for their service within 5 days, and are asking the company to explain the rationale behind using vehicles that are not yet authorized with the board.