May 17, 2018

Wonder why booking a Grab car is painstakingly hard lately? You are not alone.

Many users of the transport network vehicle service took to the social media these past few days to express their frustration over the situation.


Last night, to address the public’s outrage, the ride-sharing app sent out an email to its users explaining the reason behind its shortage of cars resulting in extended booking time.

Through an infographic, Grab said that since their acquisition of competitor Uber earlier this year, the number of people requesting for rides has doubled to an average of 600,000 a day.

However, the number of registered and eligible to service users under them has decreased from 43,000 to 35,000. Various reasons have been cited for the decline, such as more than 2,000 registered units deciding not to switch to Grab from their previous affiliation.

To add to this, according to a master list issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), 6,000 cars were missing from the initial audit of TNV drivers registered under Grab and Uber when the latter was still operational, thus rendering them ineligible to accept rides.

Despite all these, Grab reassured its patrons that they are pursuing measures to increase the number of available cars for booking. This includes enticing drivers by releasing incentives to increase their productivity and in the long run prevent them from transferring to rival TNVS companies looking to enter the ride-sharing sphere.

The company also said that they are working with government regulators to put 6,000 displaced drivers to work.

For now, Grab suggests users explore other transport options including making use of some of the app’s features like multi-stop and ride-sharing.


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