GrabTaxi and Uber are slightly new transport services in the Philippines. They revolutionized the public transport by providing professional drivers, clean and good-smelling cars, and a secure ride in the country.
By booking a Grab Taxi or Uber, you can track the name of your driver, his mobile number and the plate number of his vehicle that will pick you up and drop you off to your destination.
Recently, Grab Taxi has already expanded their services, they now have GrabCar or the Sedan category and the GrabCarPlus or the Premium category.
During the launch of GrabCar Plus, we asked Natasha Bautista about how they are working with the government about the franchise of their transport service. She said they are working closely with the LFRTB and soon services like Grab Car and Grab Car Plus will be a legitimate public transport.
On May 11, 2015 DOTC and LTFRB has announced a new classification of public utility vehicles to usher in app-based services like GrabCar and Uber.
“The Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) classification will allow app-based services offered by Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to exist within our regulatory framework,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya in a statement.
Natasha Bautista, Acting General Manager, Grab Taxi Philippines
“GrabCar has been very collaborative. Since day one of operations, they have been working closely with LTFRB to ensure that the policy on TNCs modernizes the Philippine transportation industry and prioritizes passenger safety. We look forward to granting GrabCar accreditation upon meeting all government requirements ,” said LTFRB Executive Director Atty. Roberto Cabrera.
The new order imposes standards for vehicle eligibility, such as limiting the vehicles to sedans, Asian Utility Vehicles (AUV), Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) and vans with a maximum age limit of seven years. DOTC also requires vehicles to have a global positioning system (GPS) tracking system.