LTFRB Orders Grab PH to Suspend PHP2 Per Minute Charge

Following Grab Philippines' explanation that the PHP2 per minute charge that's included in its fares is legal under the Department of Transportation's Order 2015-011, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued its own order yesterday, April 18, 2018, telling Grab to suspend the imposition of the charge "pending (the) extensive review and resolution on the issue."

The order was signed by LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III and Board Member Engr. Ronaldo F. Corpus.

At a press conference yesterday hosted by Grab Philippines, its legal counsel, Atty. Miguel Aguila, explained that the PHP2 per minute charge is legal "because under Department Order 2015-011 of the Department of Transportation, 'Fares are set by the TNCs (transport network companies) and is subject to oversight by the LTFRB in cases of abnormal disruptions from the market.' What this means is that Grab can legally set fares on our own so we don’t need to file a formal petition or we don’t need an approval from the LTFRB."

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