Grab begins process of absorbing 24,000 Uber operators
Grab personnel process the integration of Uber partners
MANILA, Philippines — Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Atty. Aileen Lizada and representatives of Grab Philippines assured that the 24,000 Uber drivers have nothing to worry about since their transfer will be processed.
This, after Uber sold its Southeast Asia operations to Grab.
“Rest-assured the LTFRB will process those who are on the master list. They have nothing to worry. We will see to it that we will be processing,” said Lizada.
Grab PH country head Brian Cu explained,“The whole set-up was built-for to be able to process 2,000 drivers a day. There might be some overflow but we don’t expect it to be such a big overflow.”
Grab said it will process only the names on the master list given by Uber and that they will no longer accept new applications.
LTFRB is strictly monitoring the possible increase in the fares of Grab.
Some passengers are worried that Grab might take advantage of the situation and increase their fares since it is the only accredited ride-hailing service in the Philippines.
However, LTFRB clarified that Grab has other competitors like U-hop.
Aside from this, the agency said that there are three other ride-hailing services currently applying.
Although they were previously dismayed, the fears of Uber’s partner operators have been allayed after being successfully absorbed by Grab.
“Of course, you will worry because we earn from this. Thank God this was fixed and we can now operate,” said Rafael Cruz, an Uber driver.
“They sent an e-mail. We immediately determined what we need to know to transfer to Grab and the transition from Uber to Grab,” said Raymond Dacanay, an Uber driver.
Meanwhile, the officials of Grab PH are set to meet with the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to discuss the conditions set for the company’s operations.
Grab vowed not to monopolize the operation of ride-hailing services in the country. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
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