LTFRB Will Limit Grab and Uber Cars to 45,000
LTFRB has finally decided on the pool size of vehicles for TNVS (transport network vehicle services) like Grab and Uber. And it’s not, erm, promising.
According to a report at Inquirer News, LTFRB concluded that 45,000 is the ideal pool size of Grab and Uber cars plying across the Metro Manila. They apparently arrived at the number by weeding out registered drivers who have since quit. It may be remembered that LTFRB also ordered to halt the registration of new drivers for both Grab and Uber whilst they all work together in sorting this whole mess up.
“It does not reflect the demand that is growing. Not everyone goes online every day. In order to cover demand, there should be a pool of around 75,000 to 85,000,” says Leo Gonzales, public affairs head for Grab. 45,000 is virtually smaller than what Grab hopes for; they insist that it’s only going to make booking rides more difficult. He later notes: “While they embrace the new technology, it is important that they understand the technology needs to survive through business that is viable. If we serve the drivers well they serve the public well.”
I have a few of MY OWN takeaways here: 1.) that LTFRB keeps pushing the hands of businesses to the dark side that is needless bureaucracy is not only frustrating but also not empowering as a taxpayer, and 2.) I wonder if enough time and effort are being exerted when LTFRB is trying to sort out BIGGER issues like poor commuting systems, poor traffic implementation, and poorly constructed roads and street signs.
Which is all a roundabout way of saying: I hope some deus ex machina happens and irons this uber-wrinkly mess out. I’ll grab that chance the first second it comes.