Grab ready to deactivate 8,000 TNVS with no provisional authority


Posted at Jun 03 2019 07:20 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2019 06:03 AM

Drivers participate as Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) company Grab launches the Grab Drivers Academy. Jonthan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA – Grab on Monday said it was ready to deactivate at least 8,000 transport network vehicle services (TNVS) operating without a provisional authority issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The LTFRB opened 20,000 slots in December and those who applied have until June 7 to complete the requirements, the ride-hailing firm said in a statement.

By June 10, Grab will deactivate TNVS units who have not submitted evidence that they have a provisional authority issued by the LTFRB, it said.

Deactivation would reduce the number of drivers serving the commuting public, Grab Philippines president Brian Cu said.

“We hope that this inconvenience will be temporary, as we anticipate new drivers…This is very painful for us, our drivers, and passengers, but it is Grab's duty to help the LTFRB enforce our regulations," Cu said.

At least 10,000 new slots will be opened for application starting June 10, Grab said, citing an LTFRB advisory released last May 31.