|Grab tells us why it’s been harder to book a ride lately|
Before the Acquisition, Grab had a fleet of 24,000 that served 60 to 65 percent of the 600,000 daily bookings while Uber had a fleet of 19,000. Only 11,000 former Uber drivers transferred to the Grab platform, and 6,000 of these former Uber drivers could not serve the public because they were not in LTFRB’s master list.
The number of drivers also continued to drop because of fears of LTFRB’s new regulations.
Driver numbers continue to drop as uncertainty in maintaining sustainable livelihood increases. With the recent suspension of PHP 2 per minute fare, a lot of drivers and operators fear they won’t be able to provide for their families and car maintenance expenses, Cu addressed.
We need more cars to serve the riding public. We appeal to the LTFRB to allow the displaced 6,000 Uber drivers who are not part of the master list to continue driving with their chosen TNC in order to support the demand. With an average of 12 rides a day, this is already an additional 72,000 rides, which can help ease the plight of the riders, Cu added.