Grab invites Uber, U-hop to share database of blacklisted passengers

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MANILA, Philippines — Grab Philippines has urged rival transport companies Uber and U-hop to “share a common database of blacklisted passengers for the safety of both drivers and passengers” following the murder of Grab partner Gererdo Maquidato Jr. during a carjacking.

In a statement, Grab country head Brian Cu said transport network companies need to “join together and use the technology to promote the safety and welfare of drivers, as well as of the passengers.”

Cu made the suggestion at a meeting of transport network vehicle services stakeholder with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group and the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Grab said LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra, who called the meeting in the wake of Maquidato’s killing, “responded positively” to Cu’s recommendation “and said it’s better if such system can be shared with the government.”

PNP-HPG National Capital Region director Superintendent Bernard Perez urged transport network companies to report carjackings and robberies to them directly in real time.

At the meeting, Delgra also called for the creation of a technical working composed of represenatives from the TNCs and TNVS drivers to discuss the setting up of driver safety mechanisms.

Cu assured that Grab will soon come up with a tech solution for the protection of its partners and passengers