LTFRB puts brakes on GrabBike

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2016 03:31 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2016 03:32 PM

MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reiterated on Friday that the services of GrabBike do not fit its policy as alternative public transport due to safety reasons.

In a statement, LTFRB said it supports the position of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) that motorcycle and bike services may not be considered as alternative public transport until the safety of bike riders are assured.

DOTC earlier said GrabBike is not line with its policy of shifting to higher capacity public transport system especially in dense urban areas.

It said that while Grab Philippines, the operator of GrabBike, was able to present safety and security features of the service, bike riders are still the most vulnerable road users.

Citing data from a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) report, LTFRB said motorcycles had the highest fatality accident rate in Metro Manila from January to November 2015.

Out of 696 road fatalities recorded in that period, 236 were due to motorcycle accidents.

“Our main objective is to provide the commuters safe, reliable and convenient transport system; recognizing motorcycles as ‘for hire service’ or a form of public transport doesn’t fit into the policy framework of the Department,” LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said.

“The Board remains firm in exercising our authority to regulate land-based public transportation. We will not tolerate transport operators to provide transport service using motorcycles or bikes until we have set the proper guidelines and regulations,” he added.

On Wednesday, Ginez booked a GrabBike to confirm that the service was ongoing despite a cease and desist order issued by government.

The GrabBike driver, Mon Carlo Gaya, was apprehended and was slapped with a P6,000 fine. His motorcycle was also impounded.

There is still no department order of policy that covers the operation of a motorcycle or bike services through the use of an Internet-based technology platform to facilitate a pre-arranged transportation for passengers.