GrabBike temporarily stops operations following LTFRB order

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) β€” Motorcycle taxi service GrabBike announced the temporary halting of its operations starting Thursday (February 4), following the order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

On Thursday, LTFRB and GrabBike Inc. met to discuss the transport agency's warning for the motorcycle taxi service to stop its operations as it is not included in Grab's, or any other transportation Network Company's (TNC), accreditation to offer bikes as a public mode of transportation that can be booked through a digital platform.

LTFRB ordered GrabBike to "immediately cease and desist" its operations.

Related: LTFRB orders GrabBike Inc. to cease operations

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has yet to create guidelines regarding the use of bikes and motorcycles as a public mode of transportation, until then, GrabBike will not be able to operate. TNC's non-compliance with the directive "shall be dealt with severely," said LTFRB.

Grab follows order

GrabBike ceased its operation the same day it received the order from LTFRB.

Through Grab's official Facebook page, it said that it hopes that the authorities will reach a positive decision regarding the possible regulations to the motorcycle taxi service.

GrabBike added that it will continue to look for an "innovative solution" to provide options to the commuting Filipinos.

"We stand firmly on our belief that we have created an innovative solution to the country’s transportation problem and we are working towards finding a way to continue providing it to the community," it said.

Commuters react

Netizens-slash-commuters hit the LTFRB for ordering the stop of GrabBike's services, considering that it is convenient, affordable, and efficient, especially during rush hour.

GrabBike’s base fare for off-peak hours is P40 for the first 2 kilometers, with an additional P10 per kilometers for the first 2 to 7 kilometers, and an additional of P5 per kilometer after 8 kilometers.

Related: LTFRB: No permit for 'GrabBike' to operate

GrabBike is offered in Vietnam, Thailand, and Jakarta, Indonesia. Grab executives said it is thriving in cities where traffic continues to be a problem.

Related: Grab promises safety, freedom