DOTr downplays Grab’s claim of driver supply crisis
The Department of Transportation has chided ride-hailing app Grab Philippines for insisting there is shortage of cars for its customers.
“Grab seems to confuse drivers with TNVS (transport network vehicle services) in determining supply,” the DOTr said.
The DOTr stressed that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board] issues franchises or provuthority (PA) to TNVS for them to legally get bookings and accept passengers.
“Hence, if a TNVS with a PA or franchise cannot run because it does not have driver, it can find a replacement driver,” the DOTr said.
In an email to its drivers, Grab is blaming the government for what it calls a “supply crisis” which stemmed from the “masterlist” of vehicles allowed to service passengers and the “supply cap” of 65,000.
Of the 65,000, only 35,000 are on the road on a daily basis due to coding, part-time drivers, and other reasons, Grab pointed out.
Grab has also been telling its members that the LTFRB has yet to act act on its proposal to increase the supply cap.
According to the DOT, the LTFRB is currently accepting applications for TNVS franchises, even outside the masterlist, contrary to Grab’s statement.