Grab PH expects 'less frequent' surges in fares with Grab-Uber merger

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2018 06:56 PM

MANILA - More partner-drivers could mean there will be less fare surges as Uber drivers shift to the Grab platform after the merger, the Grab Philippines country head said on Wednesday.

Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu said the increase in driver supply will make the density of cars across the map better, which means "surges will be less frequent."

Cu said Uber passengers who are signing with Grab for the first time can also use the promo code GRAB4W to get instant discounts.

Meanwhile, LTRFB board member Aileen Lizada assured the public that there won't be any fare hikes soon as a result of the merger. 

"Grab already knows how serious LTFRB is for any violation. We have fined Uber before for P190M. We will not allow any infractions, any violations, specially so with this merger. All the more we will be strict in monitoring," she said.

She said Grab won't be the lone transport network vehicle service 
(TNVS) operator for long since there are 3 other transport network companies that are up for accreditation.

"They presented their business design, their fare structures and on the part of the board, we tell them what we want to see when you book a ride," she said.