• GrabBike drivers seeks lifting of LTFRB ban

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    A motorbike organization on Saturday appealed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to lift the suspension order which bans the operation of GrabBike in Metro Manila, saying that hundreds of families may face hunger if they lose their jobs.

    The group, composed of at least 150 GrabBike drivers, held a unity ride from C-5 Julia Vargas to Metrowalk in Ortigas Center, Pasig City (Metro Manila) to express their disappointment with the LTFRB’s decision. They signed a petition to ask the transport regulating body to allow them to operate again.

    “We appeal to the LTFRB to allow us again to go back to the road because that is the only way we get our income for our family,” Gilbert Manalili, chairman of Taguig City Riders Federation, said in Filipino in an interview.

    On February 4, 2016, the LTFRB issued a cease and desist order stopping the operation of GrabBike on the ground that it does not have a franchise and there was no assurance that passengers’ safety is in place.

    As a result, at least 800 GrabBike riders in Metro Manila lost their jobs, also affecting some 3,000 passengers who rely on alternative ways of transportation every day.

    “LTFRB said it’s illegal, but we have secured all the necessary requirements. All of us have a professional [driver’s] license and we have insurance for both riders and passengers. We also attended safety seminars,” Manalili said.

    GrabBike operates like GrabTaxi and Uber where passengers will be picked up and brought to any destination in Metro Manila.

    The fare for a GrabBike ride is P50 for the first four kilometers and an additional P10 for every succeeding kilometer. After 10 kilometers, the passenger adds P5 for every succeeding kilometer.

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