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Grab’s Operating License Ends in the Philippines, Users in Distress

Ride-hailing services have been a great help to commuters. Travelers, businessman, and even students tend to use such service in times of distress- rush hour.

Waiting in a long line to hail a cab is the worst nightmare people can ever experience, especially those who have a lot to carry. Aside from that, most drivers of the latter are very friendly, and who needs to find there way if they have someone to bring them to their location safe and sound. Moreover, it is the most convenient way to use especially in Urban places.

Ever since ride-hailing services such as Grab were introduced to the Philippines, many commuters have resorted to it. It is not that surprising, mainly because it offers a faster and easier way of transporting, not to say it save passengers from deceptive drivers. But, what if one day this kind of service comes to an end?

Recently, an issue has come to the surface when the Transport Network Vehicle Service Hype approach the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to request for them to decline the renewal of Grab’s License- which expired last July 3.

Hype claims that the ride-hailing company has violated few business practices, which was unfair to the drivers and operators as it resulted in the ride-sharing market to be unequal for both parties. Though LTFRB has not yet released a statement about the issue many predicted that this might be the end for the company’s services in the Philippines.

There are various reactions from different people, some are bothered, others do not care, and a few said that Hype’s decision of stepping up is the right thing to do.

Devastated is the right term to describe the reaction of Grab users upon hearing the news. Some stated that Grab did nothing but make their life easier, from going to the mall, shopping, traveling and even attending important meetings. They were the solution to the growing problem of traffic congestion, especially those related to finding the right spot to park their cars.

Even those who are complaining about Grab’s services cannot hide their frustration, saying that even if there are instances that they hated the ride-hailing services of Grab they cannot deny that it was a great help for them. They might not agree with the way the company handles things, but they were still an angel in disguise for most commuters.

Many are waiting for LTFRB’s decision, mixed reactions are roaming around social media sites. Nonetheless, a lot are hoping that Grab will not follow the steps of its fellow ride-hailing company Uber.