MANILA, Philippines — Around least 8,000 active drivers may be affected by the intentional deactivation of driver accounts set by Grab Philippines the following week.
Grab Philippines’ President Brian Cu stated Monday that the driver accounts to be deactivated belong to those who have not submitted proof that they attained provisional authority from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Last December, the LTFRB opened 20,000 slots for drivers and those who applied were given until June 7 to complete their application documents.
Cu acknowledged that the removal of at least 8,000 drivers, which equates to 100,000 rides a day, from its platform on June 10 would cause “inconvenience” among its passengers.
“This is very painful for us, our drivers, and passengers, but it is Grab’s duty to help the LTFRB enforce our regulations,” Cu stated in an advisory.
Cu persisted to be hopeful, however, that the untimeliness would only be temporary as the LTFRB is set to open 10,000 transport network vehicle service (TNVS) slots starting June 10.
“At the end of the day, many Filipinos will suffer from this painful step – both the drivers and the passengers. We would want to avoid this from happening, but we are bound to comply with our regulator,” Cu concluded.
Presently, Grab Philippines has 45,000 active drivers on its platform.