Thailand’s Department of Land Transport (DLT) has ordered GrabBike to remove unregistered motorcycle taxis from service in mid-July.
This order will result in the loss of jobs for tens of thousands of GrabBike taxi drivers.
As of July 15, Grab Thailand is required to expel drivers who use motorcycles that are not registered for public transport service within 30 days.
Grab Thailand’s executive director, Worachat Luxkanalode, said this would affect tens of thousands of motorcycle taxi partners, who will lose their ability to make a living.
In accordance with DLT’s demands, GrabBike drivers must hold public transport driving licenses, and their motorcycles must be registered for public transportation uses.
A DLT requirement also requires drivers to provide service only in the areas in which they are registered, with fares similar to those charged at motorcycle-taxi queues.
According to Mr. Worachat, if state agencies fail to provide assistance to tens of thousands of GrabBike drivers, their families would be left without an income to feed themselves.
As a result, hundreds of thousands of regular passengers would have fewer transportation options.
GrabBike seeking solutions
This week, Grab will meet with the DLT again to discuss ways of alleviating the impact. According to Mr. Worachat, the company is ready to help motorcycle taxi partners to the fullest extent possible.
Grab has notified drivers that GrabBike has been working hard over the past few months to solve the DLT problem. There is still no clear solution from the DLT to ease the impact on drivers and passengers.
In opposition to the move, a petition has been launched on change.org.