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Don’t blame Grab: We’ve stopped adding cars since August, but traffic still went from bad to worse – Brian Cu

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Grab said the government should stop blaming ridesharing forms for the worsening traffic situation in the country.

Grab Philippines Country Head Brian Cu said: “We stopped adding cars in August. Has traffic got better or worse? Traffic has worsened. It’s not the TNCs (transportation network companies) or TNVS (transport network vehicle services ) that are causing traffic,” Cu pointed out.

Grab has stopped accepting newTNVS applications in compliance with the directive of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) last July pending review of regulations governing the ridesharing industry.

He said an average Grab ride at present would take around 45 minutes, up from 38 minutes six months ago.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Grab was not being blamed but its fleet was among the contributing factors to the heavy traffic in Metro Manila.

“On the matter of Metro Manila traffic, we are not blaming them because there are other causes as well. However, they are contributing to the heavy vehicular volume, which is the top cause of the current traffic situation in Metro Manila,” MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said in a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The MMDA expects an increase of 50,000 in vehicular volume, based on data gathered from car dealers.

Other causes of the traffic in the metropolis are the malls and bus terminals located along EDSA.

Around 4,022 stalled vehicles along the major thoroughfare were likewise recorded by the MMDA from January to August this year.

MMDA is urging TNCs to comply with the regulations that were being implemented by the LTFRB.

“We hope that the TNCs will be able to settle the matter with the LTFRB. They need to comply with the regulations. Whatever the decision of the LTFRB is, we will just enforce it,” said Pialago.

LTFRB is eyeing to create a common pool number that will manage the allocation of the TNVS of ridesharing firms to address passenger demand.

The board is also considering extending the validity of the TNCs’ franchises from one year to three years. (PNA)