LTFRB stops motorcycle service ‘GrabBike’
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered MYTAXI.PH, the company behind Grabcar Philippines, to cease the operation of its motorcycle service GrabBike due to safety and authorization issues.
In a letter dated Jan. 21 to Grabcar Philippines operations head Gines Barot, LTFRB regional director and officer-in-charge Glenn Zaragoza said the company was not authorized to offer bikes and motorcycles as mode of public transportation.
“Be reminded that aside from safety issues, bikes and motorcycles are neither authorized by the Board nor by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to be offered to the public as mode of public transportation,” Zaragoza said in his letter, which was shared by the LTFRB on its social media pages.
“Your company, MYTAXI.PH, is accredited by the Board to only offer the services of Transportation Network Vehicles using your digital platform technology pursuant to Department Order No. 2015-011,” he said.
LTFRB directed the company to comply with the order within five days from receipt of the letter “until the DOTC has promulgated guidelines relative to the new service.”
“You are further directed to explain and submit in writing why your company engages in a service that is not yet authorized by the Board,” Zaragoza said.
“Non-compliance with these directives shall cause this Board to cancel the accreditation of MYTAXI.PH, Inc. as a Transportation Network Company,” he added. CDG
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