A party-list solon assailed Grab Philippines for its refusal to take full responsibility on an accident involving one of its driver-partners that left a 20-year-old student in a critical condition.
According to PBA Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles, a Grab driver who admitted he was sleepy and overworked, crashed into a scaffolding of an ongoing roadwork on Taft Avenue late last month.
The passenger, Marko de Guzman, a mechanical engineering student of University of Sto. Tomas, is now in critical condition because a portion of the metal scaffolding penetrated through the Grab car and punctured his head. A fist-sized portion of his brain had to be removed as a result of the accident.
Nograles lamented that Grab refused to give full medical assistance for the passenger.
According to the relatives of De Guzman, Grab only offered a small amount as financial assistance but refused to cover his entire medical expense just because the driver is not the company's direct employee.
“Grab as a common carrier has a legal duty of extraordinary responsibility over the passengers. They are presumed to be at fault for the negligence that led to serious personal injury on the UST student,” Nograles said.
Nograles said while Grab is raking in billions in profit from its “overworked” drivers and unwary passengers, it has managed to free itself from any legal responsibility in the event of any accident or a crime because of lack of enforcement of laws.
“This is the result of greed. Grab makes millions in a day and would rather fatten their bank accounts than look after the welfare of Filipinos. How can our regulators allow irresponsible operators violate civil and transportation laws?” said Nograles, who has consistently fought Grab’s unfair and abusive business practices.
Nograles also questioned Grab’s operation because of its 100 percent foreign ownership in violation of the Constitutional requirement that transport companies must be 60 percent Filipino-owned.
“This is not an isolated incident. There are many others. There will be more. The main reason is, drivers working themselves to death to reach their quota thereby endangering their own lives, lives of passengers, and lives of the general public,” the solon added.
Nograles questioned Grab’s refusal to cover the full medical expense of De Guzman because in its website, it claimed that Grab is providing a Group Personal Accident insurance for all GrabCar rides.
It claims that all eligible drivers who are registered with GrabCar and Passenger(s) on board with a valid GrabCar booking are covered with the personal accident insurance to compensate the Insured Person(s) for bodily injuries arising from a Grab car accident.