Manila solon welcomes decision to exclude Grab in MC taxi pilot study

February 25, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 112 views

A VICE chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development has welcomed the Department of Transportation – Technical Working Group’s decision to exclude Grab in the pilot study on motorcycle transport services or MC taxis.

According to Manila 3rd district Rep. Joel Chua, Grab appeared to have committed various violations, thus the DOTR-TWG’s ruling was only fair.

“During the committee hearing, we discovered several violations on the part of Grab so it’s a welcome development [that it is excluded]. It was the right decision, a fair decision on the part of the DOTR-TWG,” Chua said.

The decision to exclude Grab apparently emanated from the MC taxi technical working group (TWG). LTFRB Chairman Teofilo Guadiz III heads the DOTR-TWG.

Asked if the Metro Manila Development panel will pursue further accountability from grab regarding its violations, Chua said: “Will abide by the decision of the committee.”

Chua had earlier castigated Grab for its supposed attempt to bypass government regulations and gain dominance in the app-based transportation sector.

He said this began in August 2022 when Grab acquired Move It, an MC taxi company. This, despite, the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) rejection of the partnership.

It was during the House panel investigation last year that the lawmakers found “multiple instances of non-compliance with proper procedures and the circumvention of government regulations” from Grab.

It was Chua who placed a spotlight on Grab’s other violations during the House probe. This included unpaid penalties, overcharging, dominance abuse, and even mistreatment of its riders.

The Manila congressman said the company failed to meet financial obligations set by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). He said Grab was ordered to pay P25.45 million in refunds, but only paid P6.15 million.

The PCC had also said that Grab continued to increase its fares despite allegations of overcharging.

At any rate, Chua he and the House panel “echo the call of the President to legalize MC taxi”.

“I hope both Houses of Congress will give priority to MC taxi bill that we sponsored so that issues that will affect the riding public as well as the drivers will be addressed,” he said.