The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) arrested a GrabBike driver in a sting operation to prove that the company continues to operate despite a cease and desist order issued by the board on January 27.
The LTFRB said that GrabBike is not authorized to offer bikes and motorcycles as a public utility vehicle but the service is being promoted on social media.
Chairman Winston Ginez booked a ride through his phone and apprehended GrabBike’s driver in the transport agency’s office.
The driver, Mon Carlo Gaya, said they were informed about the suspension, but were told that it will resume with the service free of charge.
Gaya was ordered to explain to the board why he should not be fined P6,000.
Ginez said that even if GrabBike’s service is for free, its operation is still covered by the public service law.
The board earlier warned MyTaxi.Ph Inc., the company offering GrabTaxi and GrabCar services, that they can only offer the services of Transportation Network Vehicles using digital platform technology.
MyTaxi however maintained during a hearing held by the House committee on transportation that GrabBike is not under the company since it is operated by Grab Bike Inc.
But Ginez said the two companies use the same system.
“What we accredited was the model, the system itself,” he said.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has yet to issue guidelines with regards to using bikes and motorcycles for public transportation.