Move It Says He Remains 3rd Motorcycle Taxi Rider, Not Grab │ GMA News Online
Move It said on Thursday it remains the third player in the government-backed pilot study into the viability of motorcycle taxis as a mode of public transport following the company’s acquisition by Grab Philippines.
“There are only three motorcycle taxi companies – Angkas, Joyride and Move It – and Grab, by acquiring Move It, does not become a fourth player,” Francis Juan, chairman of Move It, said in a statement.
As a reminder, the transportation groups Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection, National Public Transport Coalition, ARANGKADA Riders Alliance and Digital Pinoys have signed a petition addressed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) inter- technical agency working group (TWG) tasked with conducting the pilot test of motorcycle taxi services in the country, calling for a review of Grab Philippines’ acquisition of Move It.
The groups expressed concern that after the acquisition, Grab would automatically be accredited in the pilot study.
In August, Grab Philippines acquired Move It for an undisclosed amount.
Grab said despite the acquisition, Move It will continue to operate as a separate entity and use its own platform.
Juan explained that if an individual buys a franchised tricycle from another, the buyer does not become a second franchisee but only the owner of the tricycle.
In the same way, he said, Move It, since it has its own legal personality, has its accreditation as a motorcycle taxi company and this accreditation remains with it regardless of the owner of the company.
Last year, Grab announced a partnership with Move It that allowed the latter’s motorcycle taxi services to be booked through the Grab app.
The partnership, however, was terminated by the DOTr’s Motorcycle Taxi Technical Working Group (TWG), claiming that the collaboration violated the provisions of the Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Study.
The TWG said this was because Grab’s app, instead of Move It’s app, was used to avail, book and pay for ride services; and because the entire process of training, driver onboarding, marketing, issuing official receipts and using the Grab Driver app has been undertaken by Grab.
The TWG also said the motorcycle taxi study did not include a fourth actor. The three actors included in the study of motorcycle taxi drivers are Angkas, JoyRide and Move It.
The TWG said Grab, through the collaboration, was able to be included in the study as a “de facto” member, which could have made Move It appear to cede its operations to Grab.
“The losers then were the equestrian public. Move It, being too small, could not compete. If the same unsubstantiated claims were successful this time around, the public would be on the losing end again. There needs to be competition for services to improve and prices to come down,” Juan said.
Move It has since explained that although Grab acquired the company, its “accreditation remains its own and does not transfer to Grab”.
Move It said it was a legitimate and law-abiding participant in the motorcycle taxi pilot study, and “we advocate for the democratization of the MC taxi service to serve more Filipinos.”—AOL, GMA News