This issue is no longer ‘trending’ on social media, but I thought I’d still put in my two cents because people still need to address this matter.
Just two days ago, I watched a co-worker be declined by two cab drivers and I saw one of those two cab drivers decline 3 more passengers after. Those who live here in Metro Manila and are daily commuters to and from either work or school, know too well the struggles of public transportation.
Lately though, shit has become a lot better ever since Grab and Uber was launched in the Philippines. However, taxi drivers and operators aren’t too ecstatic about this improvement.
Let me just throw this out there and say that we own a taxi and I know too well the struggles of earning money from it for reasons that I would rather not enumerate. But trust me, I know.
In spite of owning a taxi, though, I personally prefer booking a Grab or an Uber ride rather than hailing a cab (here in Manila, at least). First of all, Grab/Uber cars are far more comfortable. They’re also easily accessible and you don’t have to wait in line or be declined by several drivers, multiple times just because where you’re going is “too far” or “traffic is heavy in that direction”. And the most important one: they’re not fucking rip offs unlike most of our taxi drivers here!
I’ve read posts and articles on Facebook about taxi drivers protesting and practically demanding that LTO shut down Grab and Uber because they’re losing income. Well, of course! If they weren’t such a huge pain in the ass in the first place, then people would not opt for Grab or Uber.
Imagine this, going from Trinoma (which is up north) to Market Market (which is all the way down south in Taguig).
“Ay, masyado pong malayo, hanap nalang kayong iba.”
“Ang layo naman!”
“Sige ho, pero dagdagan niyo po ng 100.”
“Okay po, wag na metro, ma’am. 500 nalang po. Ang layo kasi e. Tsaka traffic!”
Well, how about we fucking follow the law, kuya, and use the meter as it is there for a fucking reason?
I completely understand the proximity concern, plus the heavy traffic but how about these drivers not rip us, also hard-working people, off of our hard-earned money? Most drivers even deliberately delay giving change to their passengers because apparently, when the meter stops at 172.50 and you give the driver 200, it automatically means that the rest would be his tip.
So tell me, what gives these taxi drivers the right to protest when they can’t even provide better service to their passengers?
Featured photo from Inquirer.