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BREAKING: LTFRB orders Grab to lower fare surge

BREAKING: LTFRB orders Grab to lower fare surge


The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the ride-hailing app to lower its fare surges during peak hours from 2.0 to 1.5 times the normal rate. This order is effective immediately and applies to all of Grab’s services.

Prices went up pretty quickly after Grab’s acquisition of Uber last month. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada told Rappler that it’s only fair to lower Grab’s surge pricing cap since consumers are left with only one ridesharing service. “The board directs Grab to lower its surge from 2 to 1.5. Why? [The] LTFRB is processing the new TNC (transportation network company) players. This is to ensure that fares will be at a rate that is conducive and acceptable to the existing number of TNVS (transport network vehicle services) transferring to Grab,” Lizada said.

Grab acquired Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia, leaving a lot of loyal customers bummed about the ordeal. But that’s not all. Grab is also under fire as PBA representative Jericho Nograles accused them of illegally charging its customers P2 per minute for their rides.

As of now, LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said that the company’s now-amended December 2016 order “still stands,” without the alleged time travel rate.

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