Monday, May 21, 2018
Having a Hard Time Booking a Grab? You're Not Alone
Are you having difficulties getting a Grab car? You’re not alone. Since Uber pulled out of the Southeast Asian market, Grab is pretty much holding a monopoly in the ride-sharing or Transport Network Company (TNC) business. But the situation isn’t rosy for the last man standing.
In a statement, Grab says that daily bookings in Metro Manila have almost doubled to 600,000. However, the number of available drivers has actually gone down from 43,000 to just 35,000 (a decrease of 18 percent). As a result, there are actually 8,000 less cars every day to meet Grab riders’ needs.
What gives? Well, Grab is putting the blame on everyone’s favorite punching bag, the LTFRB. Why? Despite an all-out Uber to Grab transition drive (including on-ground sign-up events), more than 6,000 cars have been found missing from the LTFRB’s audited master list of approved TNVS drivers. And as part of LTFRB’s regulation, Grab cannot onboard these drivers unless they’re not on this list. The remaining 2,000 have decided not to move onto the Grab platform (Grab requires formerly Uber drivers to be active for two weeks straight in order to be eligible).
Currently, Grab is doing “everything they can to alleviate the situation.” Their immediate work focuses on onboarding the 6,000 displaced drivers. The TNC is also working with the government to find a long-term solution. In the meantime, Grab is increasing driver incentives as much as 15 percent in order to keep them on the road.