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  1. kobayashiGT

    Grab & Gojek could merge soon

    Grab & Gojek could merge soon source: https://mothership.sg/2020/12/grab-gojek-merger/ Events ARTiculate @ North East 20 November 2020 - 20 December 2020 Bloomberg reported on Dec. 2 that ride-hailing platforms Grab and Gojek have made "substantial progress" in working out a merger deal, which is looking to be the "biggest internet merger in Southeast Asia". The information was provided by people with knowledge of the merger discussion. It is apparently being discussed by senior leaders from Gojek and Grab, as well as SoftBank Group Corp., an investor in Grab. While the talks might not result in anything concrete, it is said that if and when the merger proceeds, Grab co-founder Anthony Tan will become the new company's chief executive officer. The merged entity will also run under the Gojek brand in Indonesia. Bloomberg's sources said Grab and Gojek are ultimately hoping to merge with the aim of becoming a publicly-listed company. When Mothership contacted Grab for comment on the matter, a spokesperson said: Anti-competition concerns This merger will draw scrutiny from regulators who will have concerns about anti-competition, considering that both parties hold large market shares in many of the countries they operate in. When Grab and Uber merged in 2018, they were fined a combined S$13 million by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS). The CCCS said that the Uber-Grab merger reduced competition and increased prices for consumers. More recently in July this year, Indonesia's anti-monopoly watchdog, the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU), fined Grab Indonesia and its car rental partner, PT Teknologi Pengangkutan Indonesia (TPI), a combined IDR 49 billion (S$4.7 million) for carrying out discriminatory practices against drivers. The KPPU said that Grab Indonesia gave preferential treatment -- including the allotment of priority orders -- to drivers using cars from TPI. Grab Indonesia denied it.
  2. Dear all May I know it is worth to drive Grab or normal cab? Heard Gov let PHV drivers claimed Petrol Parking and Maintenance etc Any advice from current driver ? Thank you very much
  3. Hmmm. The Grab system not fool proof. Got loop hole. Poor guy! https://goodyfeed.com/grabfood-500-large-order/
  4. https://www.cccs.gov.sg/media-and-consultation/newsroom/media-releases/cccs-consults-grab-application-to-impose-platform-fee 1. The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) is inviting public feedback from 28 July to 11 August 2020, on an application by Grab[1] to impose a platform fee on riders for its ride-hailing services in Singapore (“the Application”). If granted, this will amount to a variation of the directions[2] issued by CCCS to Grab on 24 September 2018 (“the Directions”). Background 2. On 24 September 2018, CCCS issued an Infringement Decision[3] (“ID”) against Grab and Uber (collectively, the “Parties”) in relation to the sale of Uber’s Southeast Asian business to Grab for a 27.5% stake in Grab in return (“Transaction”). CCCS found that the Transaction, completed on 26 March 2018, infringed section 54 of the Competition Act and had led to a substantial lessening of competition (“SLC”) in the provision of ride-hailing platform services in Singapore. Together with the ID, CCCS issued the Directions to the Parties to lessen the adverse impact of the Transaction on drivers and riders and to keep the market open and contestable. 3. Under the Directions, Grab is required to maintain its pre-Transaction pricing, pricing policies and product options (including driver commission rates and structures) for all its products in the ride-hailing platform services market.[4] Consequently, Grab is not allowed to change its pre-Transaction prices or products without prior approval from CCCS. However, Grab may apply to CCCS to vary or remove the Directions.[5] Grab’s Application 4. Grab has applied to CCCS to vary the Directions to allow the imposition of a platform fee of S$0.30 (S$0.32 with GST) on each ride. Grab submitted that it invests heavily to provide both passengers and drivers with a safe and pleasant experience on its platform. Grab submitted that this is a practice that is in line with ride-hailing industry norm. Grab submitted that the S$0.30 platform fee per ride will enable Grab to maintain and enhance the various safety measures and cover the relevant operating costs. A third of the funds collected through the platform fee will be committed towards providing benefits for driver welfare. Public Consultation 5. CCCS is seeking public feedback to assist in its assessment of Grab’s Application. In its assessment, CCCS will take into consideration the factors which are outlined in the Public Consultation Paper in Annex 1. The closing date for submissions of feedback to CCCS is 11 August 2020, 5 pm. If the submission or correspondence contains confidential information, please also provide CCCS with a non-confidential version of the submission or correspondence. 6. CCCS will determine how it should decide on Grab’s Application following the public consultation. 7. More information on the public consultation can be accessed and downloaded from the CCCS website at www.cccs.gov.sg under the section “Public Consultation”.
  5. I have college stay nearby and everyday he want a lift. I buy the car for my and family convenience. Really to much!
  6. 'Grab' concept for SAF transport overhaul source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/grab-concept-for-saf-transport-overhaul 7 Transport tune-up for SAF Tender for new system aims to optimise resources, improve efficiency The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is seeking to overhaul its transport services, including having a portal for soldiers to make last-minute requests for vehicles. This new system is meant to change the way transport services are provided to military units, such as how requests for drivers, vehicles or fuel are made. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is seeking to overhaul its transport services, including having a portal for soldiers to make last-minute requests for vehicles – similar to a concept employed by private-hire operators like Grab. This new system is meant to change the way transport services are provided to military units from the army, navy or air force, such as how requests for drivers, vehicles or fuel are made. The aim is to optimise SAF’s transport resources and improve the efficiency of operations, by better matching demand to supply. According to tender documents seen by The Straits Times, the new system is also expected to use data analytics to optimise the allocation of resources, based on factors such as the availability of vehicles and drivers, location, distances, and traffic conditions. Called the Next Generation Transport System, it is expected to be deployed 17 months from when the project kicks off, which is within two weeks after the contract has been signed. A tender for the system was published on Dec 5 last year on government procurement portal GeBIZ. The core requirements include the supply and delivery of the system, as well as maintenance support services for five years. The tender documents also set out standards expected for performance tests, cyber-security measures and the need for support services when incidents occur. The tender closed last month. The Ministry of Defence told ST that the army is currently evaluating bids for the tender. “The army seeks to leverage technology to automate and improve the matching of transport demands and resources in a Next Generation Transport System platform,” it said. As of yesterday, the tender has not been awarded. According to the documents, the new transport system should include a one-stop indent portal for transport users and providers to make and respond to requests in the SAF, which uses a “data-driven approach that leverages data analytics for continuous optimisations”. The system should be able to assign the required resources, such as operators and vehicles, which are available and best able to do the job based on the indent request. Selected users can still do a manual override to allocate manually, although “mandatory justifications” have to be entered. In addition, the ordering of military vehicles in advance should be based on a credit-allocation system, where units can submit a request only if they have sufficient credits. The documents state the system should have a tiered charging system, such as a higher credit deduction for last-minute orders. It should also have surge or peakperiod charging, as well as penalty charges for late cancellations or if complaints are made. For last-minute tasks, there will be a pool of military vehicles with assigned operators on stand-by, which is similar to Grab’s concept, it added. The system should also be able to track data including fulfilment rate, mileage, accidents and anomaly reports such as when a vehicle uses 20 per cent more fuel than is expected. It should also track details about drivers and build a driving profile based on information such as driving behaviour, past performance and accident records. “Combining the optimisation tool and the driver profile, (the system) can match the transport operator to the tasking commensurate with his skill level.” Tender documents state that the system should also include a userfriendly mobile app that allows a driver to access his own profile and get notifications of new tasks, and has a route-planning feature. LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY The army seeks to leverage technology to automate and improve the matching of transport demands and resources in a Next Generation Transport System platform. THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, to The Straits Times. It said the army is currently evaluating bids for the tender.
  7. Move to raise private-hire firms' service, safety standards PUBLISHED JAN 13, 2020, 5:00 AM SGT Private-hire cars with deep dents, broken lights, mismatched tyres or which look like they have had a good few years on them are on the way out. But young drivers will remain, for now. Rules and regulations for the point-to-point (P2P) regulatory framework are being finalised. When effective from June, they are likely to encourage firms to raise their service and safety standards. ... https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/move-to-raise-private-hire-firms-service-safety-standards
  8. Disclaimer: Lengthy post here Just touched down at Changi Airport terminal 1. Seems to have a few flights that touched down around the same time that caused a surge for Grab and Gojek. Been trying for roughly 10 minutes to get a grab but to no avail. *Fare shows $11* Finally we got a car from Gojek to pick up at T1 Arrival gate 9. *Fare is $14* This driver had been showing signs of weirdness when he picked us up. These are the questions he asked, Driver: 3 persons travelling? Us: Yes *light laughter* Driver: Welcome back to Singapore Us: Thank you Driver: Does that entitles me to a tip? Us: Awkward laughter Me: I can give you 5 stars rating Driver: 5 stars rating is of no use for Gojek, useful for Grab though Us: Well, different platform, sorry to hear about that. Driver: Grab surge is $21 for a trip to Tampines now, so it will be nice if you can leave me a tip. Do you mind? Normally I will suggest my clients to leave me a tip of $3 if they don’t mind. Do you mind? At this moment, I’m already kind of pissed. Having just arrived from a red-eye flight. It was silence and we ignored to whatever he was blabbering about. Can you believe it, he continued by asking us AGAIN, “Do you mind leaving me a tip?” Me: Yes I do mind *hoping that he will STFU* Of course he wouldn’t keep quiet and drive right. Guess what he said?! Driver: Well ok if you do mind, I guess I will have to drop you at the nearest bus stop. Me: Dude you serious?! Driver: Yes, because I asked if you mind tipping me and you said you mind. So do you mind me dropping you off here at the middle of the road? Me: You f*ing serious right now?! Driver: I don’t want to force you to tip me, so I will drop you off at the nearest drop off point and you can try using grab. Me: If you are so unhappy with the fare Gojek platform offers, why did you accept the job in the first place?! After picking up your passengers, here you are demanding a tip and kept comparing the benefits between both platforms (Grab & Gojek). If you are not happy with what Gojek offers you, then drive with Grab! Basically he cancelled the ride on route and dropped us off at a bus stop along the airport. (20 Airport boulevard). While we offload our bags and luggage, he got off the car and said everything is recorded. Me: Go ahead and bring the video to the police. Driver: Cause I know who really needs a ride now. Good luck my friends! What a night with a nutcase. PS: I’m not saying that I’m a saint here and trying to thrash someone or being difficult. Of course during the argument, there were fingers being exchanged (the most classic finger) and yes, the F word.
  9. Grab launches first numberless credit card in Asia source: https://mothership.sg/2019/12/grabpay-credit-card/ Grab announced the launch of GrabPay card in partnership with MasterCard on Dec. 5, it’s also the first numberless credit card available in Asia. Numberless credit card? Wha? The physical GrabPay card is completely numberless, front and back, and it looks something like this. The physical numberless card is designed to minimize security concerns, to prevent theft of personal and financial information. No more cashiers using their photographic memory to capture your credit card information. The card numbers will be reflected in the digital version of the card. GrabPay wallet users will have the details of their card stored within the Grab app. Great card for travel For those who prefer travelling cashless, the GrabPay card offers a foreign exchange fee of two per cent, a bargain compared to other cards out there, which range mostly between 2.8 per cent to 3.5 per cent. GrabPay Card users are also entitled to flight delay passes, they can access over 1,000 airport lounges across 100 countries if they face delays for over two hours. Rewards points galore On top of that, money spent on the GrabPay card can be earned as GrabReward points, credited at the point of transaction. As part of a limited launch promotion period, the GrabPay Card will reward users with up to 10x GrabRewards points per every dollar spent, redeemable all over Southeast Asia. Samsung users can add their digital GrabPay Card to their Samsung Pay wallet and make offline payments as well.
  10. Sdf4786k

    Grab Cash Advances service

    Microfinance at 6.5 % admin fee. It is nice to see company like grab thinking of how digital banking will aid them to move forward. Have we forgotten to be prudence during hard times like now where the economy is not doing well, or are we of the opinion that as long as we dont see alot of retrenchment, we are cushion on the day to day aspect? Maybe its time to echo bad times are near and music is going to stop . **** While the programme might give workers in need of cash a better alternative to borrowing from moneylenders, they should also be very careful as it could make it difficult for them to find alternative employment, Mr Zainal said. **** The same could be true where the employee holds the company hostage. If you reduce the workforce and I am affected, you not getting your loans back.😜 https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/grab-scheme-offering-cash-advances-raises-eyebrows-minlaw-seeking-more-info-on SINGAPORE - Food delivery rider Atikah Ahzamshah will be jetting off to Milan for a well-earned Italian holiday thanks partly to a new cash advance scheme being run by Grab that is raising some concerns. Ms Atikah, 27, took a cash advance of about $1,380 from Grab last month to buy the return air ticket. The GrabFood rider requested an advance of about $1,470. A 6.5 per cent admin fee was immediately deducted. She is repaying the sum at the rate of $57 a week for 26 weeks. "I could have bought the ticket without the advance, but it makes it easier for me as I will have some extra money to pay for my bills while I am away," said Ms Atikah. She is among number of Grab's food delivery riders and private-hire drivers who have been offered the chance to tap into Grab's Upfront Cash programme in recent months. The scheme, which Grab says is not a loan, lets selected workers instantly get hold of part of their projected future earnings. The limit is determined based on factors such as a worker's individual earning history. Screenshots circulated by workers indicate that the advance could be as high as $8,900, with admin fees up to 8 per cent. Those offered the option have welcomed it, although experts said such an arrangement is uncommon in Singapore. It has also raised eyebrows among the authorities and observers. The Ministry of Law told The Straits Times: "We are seeking further information from Grab on the Upfront Cash Programme, and will work with relevant agencies to ascertain the applicable legislation, if any." Mr Zainal Sapari, the deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee of Manpower, added: "I have some concerns ... as the borrowers may find themselves in financial distress (if) they are unable to repay their (cash advance) and find themselves in debt." While the programme might give workers in need of cash a better alternative to borrowing from moneylenders, they should also be very careful as it could make it difficult for them to find alternative employment, Mr Zainal said. "I hope Grab does not use this scheme as a way to retain or bind their workers to continue working as their rider or driver," he added. Grab is the biggest player in both the ride-hailing and food delivery scene here. Its major rivals are yet to offer a similar cash advance programme. Labour MP Ang Hin Kee, executive adviser to the National Private Hire Vehicles Association, said the association will "step in to see how it can assist drivers if we notice unintended consequences where drivers are burdened". But he also noted that the programme was a form of disruption by Grab, which is eyeing a digital banking licence in Singapore. "Because Grab pays the workers, they have the data to know their credit worthiness and they are not randomly loaning to any person," he noted. Manpower rules allow employers to deduct their employees' salary to recover advances and loans. But for workers considered to be self-employed, such as food delivery riders and private-hire drivers, the terms and conditions of employment will be based on their employment contract. Grab told the ST that the programme does not offer loans and is structured in a way that does not require a licence. It said the one-time admin fee, which is a payment for providing the service, is a variable percentage of the advance taken up. "The (advanced) amount for each partner is determined based on multiple considerations, which include the partner's past incentive earnings and driving history," said Grab. The earnings of food delivery riders and private-hire drivers vary based on the hours they work and the incentives they trigger. Many full-timers can earn a monthly income between $2,000 to $3,000 but those who work more reap more. Grab declined to reveal how many workers have signed up for the Upfront Cash programme. It said the scheme empowers workers with "flexible cash flows for situations like family emergencies or when they need to pay for big-ticket items". Nanyang Business School Adjunct Associate Professor Zafar Momin said companies globally do offer payroll advances. He estimates that about 10 to 15 per cent of firms in the United States have offered such programmes to their workers. "For employers there are clear benefits in terms of creating potentially happier employees that have been saved from the distraction and duress of financial stress, which, in turn, could lead to higher employee productivity and lower turnover," said Prof Zafar. But there is the risk of workers not using the advance payment wisely and blowing it on indulgences or non-urgent needs, he added. Grab said it has implemented "various measures" to help drivers and riders with repayments: "For partners who fall short of their target incentive earnings and thus face issues in repayments, we have a dedicated team to assist these partners on a case-by-case basis." While Grab has said that the programme is "a purchase of receivables" from workers on its platforms, Singapore Institute of Technology Professor of Accounting Ho Yew Kee told ST that the term usually refers to party selling a receivable to a bank or a financial situation at a discount. "In this case, it is more like an advancement of future income, like a loan," he said. "It may be worth the Ministry to take a look at this to prevent the administrative charges from becoming unreasonable." But in spite of the concerns, workers such as Ms Atikah said the programme is still a welcome option: "My repayment process has been smooth so far as I am working almost everyday. "I think it is good as it helps people who work for Grab quickly settle their debts or other financial matters in advance."
  11. source: https://mustsharenews.com/grab-japan-middle-east/ S’pore Grab App Lets You Book Rides In Japan & The Middle East So Your Holiday Will Be A Breeze Book Rides In Japan & The Middle East Using Your Current Grab App From 19 Nov Planned an exotic trip this end-of-year holidays but worried about how to get around an unfamiliar country? Well if you’re visiting Japan or a country in the Middle East, Grab has got you covered. The company announced yesterday (18 Nov) that starting today (19 Nov), users in Singapore and the Philippines can book and pay for rides in Japan and the Middle East. Book & pay for rides in Japan & the Middle East This new privilege covers 5 cities in Japan and 94 cities across 13 countries in the Middle East. You can see the full list in the table below: Good thing is, the list includes major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan, as well as Dubai, Istanbul and Mecca in the Middle East. Those intending to visit these popular destinations anytime soon will have peace of mind knowing that it’ll be easier to get around from one point to another. How to book a Grab ride overseas Of course, it isn’t as easy as simply booking and paying like you’re in Singapore. You’ll need to prepare for your trip well in advance by ensuring that you have set up and verified your GrabPay Wallet. Make sure there’re enough credits inside! Grab has partnered with JapanTaxi in Japan and Careem in the Middle East to provide the seamless service. You can still access everything via the Grab app, and book and pay for a ride via these 4 steps: Tap on “Transport” to confirm your location upon arrival in Japan or the Middle East Enter your pick-up and drop-off points Choose your ride (rates will be in SGD) Tap “Book Now” Pretty neat isn’t it? Now you won’t have to install other countries’ taxi apps or hail a cab by the side of the road anymore. Yay for technology.
  12. A recent YouTube video of a lady berating a Grab driver with verbal insults is going viral. If you haven't already watched it, here's the link to the video. You’re welcome. Do note how the person who submitted the video titled it, it's important. In the video, the lady wants her driver to make a U-Turn and head towards her destination by her preferred route. The driver refuses and tells her that it's the Grab driver's discretion to choose to listen to the rider or follow the fastest route as indicated on the GPS. In this case, he flat out refused because he was scared there would be a traffic jam. We went to do a little digging and ta-dah! It turns out he was right! Image taken from Grab.com The lady should have kept her cool and Googled whether the driver's claim was true, but of course, she didn't. She starts to "play family" which was very uncalled for. Here are some of her comments: Image taken from Traffic SG Facebook page Why lah? Why? What did his family do to you? Screenshot of video from Traffic SG Facebook page Naturally, the driver gets offended by her rude comments and starts shooting his mouth off to her as well. He questions her marital status out of nowhere. I honestly thought he was going to talk about another part of the male body. The lady goes on to tell the driver that "if he represents what Singaporean men are, no one needs to get married." By now, you should be curious as to how the lady looks like. Throughout the whole video, the spotlight is on the driver and she doesn’t show her face, but we found her. Taken from balispiritfestival.worldsecuresystems.com Wait a minute. Anybody have anything to say? Of course they do! Image taken from Traffic SG Facebook page Me and you sister! If you want the driver to follow your preferred route in the future then here's a helpful suggestion from a member of the public. Image taken from Traffic SG Facebook page Very wise words. The lady's Facebook page have since been deactivated. ----------------------------------------------- Worried that you too might be an obnoxious passenger? Check out the most irritating behaviors that we face as drivers! -----------------------------------------------
  13. Looking for Monday-Friday(5 days x 4 weeks = 20 days per month) Grab/ryde/car/lorry/van hitch from my house(Choa Chu Kang) to work(Yio Chu Kang). Need Pick up at 7:45am or earlier depending on jam, need to reach by 8:30am. If you live near me and work near yio chu kang area and looking for extra cash per month, pm me. Cash/Paylah. Don't mind lorry/van/car pickup. Let's discuss pricing in private messaging. If you live 10mins away from where i live and work then you'll only have to leave home 20mins earlier then usual for extra cash per month. Win-Win situation for both. If you are reading this post and have relatives or friends that drive van/lorry/car to work and fit the criteria, drop me a PM and we can arrange accordingly.
  14. This is the Agoda of the public transport world allowing you to compare prices for grab, gojek, taxis and even public transport. I tried searching on mcf for thread but no topic on this as of this morning. Also just dl-ed the Zipster app on my phone a& tried to sign-up but stopped short at the page that requires my credit card details. I know this is a car forum but maybe we will get to use this on the odd days when the car is down or on occasions where you have to drink & can't drive. Here's the interface Zipster, which was launched on Monday (16 sep), is an all-in-one transport app that will provide you with a price comparison guide between public transport, Grab, Gojek as well as taxis. The app will also tell you how much time it takes when you take a specific mode of transport. If you choose the public transport option, the app will also direct you to the bus stop and tell you the time of the next bus’s arrival. It pretty much works like Google Maps, except with the price of the journey. Subscription plans that cover bus, train and taxi fares The app will also offer subscription packages which will give commuters free bus and train rides, while also providing discounts on ride-hailing services like Grab and Gojek. According to MobilityX – the startup behind the app – CEO Colin Lim, those who take public transport lots can expect to save up to 20% on their monthly transport spending. There will be 3 to 5 of such plans, ranging from $50 to $100. The plans will also give users some level of customisation depending on their needs. Each subscription plan is being made for people with different needs, allowing you to buy the subscription that suits your transportation needs. Prices of the plans are likely to range from $50 to $100. Special deals and offers Like most apps that start out, Zipster has a list of promotions that last until Oct. Here is a list of deals you can enjoy until 31 Oct 2019: Free rides on shared bicycles with Anywheel 15% off $10 GRAB taxi voucher purchase 20% off your first Gojek ride (Capped at $3) First ride free on ShareTransport First 3 months free with BlueSG $10 credits when you try out Smove Complimentary personal accident protection (up to $10,000) by AXA Insurance
  15. Zxcvb

    Fake Taxi

    Hi guys, recently saw a lot of cars putting up the "fake taxi" decal. Even PHV vehicles also put up the stickers, think the drivers want their fantasies to come true. What do you think??
  16. Food delivery firms take up third-party liability insurance Pedestrians now better placed to claim for damages should they get into accident involving riders Pedestrians are now better placed to claim for damages should they get into an accident involving riders from food delivery services in Singapore. Deliveroo and Grab have already taken up third-party liability insurance for their riders, while a third company, Foodpanda, is looking into purchasing the insurance. Early this week, Active Mobility Advisory Panel chairman Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said his panel is considering recommending that such insurance be made mandatory for food delivery firms. In a Facebook post on Monday, Dr Faishal said: "We are considering third-party liability insurance, to give more peace of mind to pedestrians and riders if an accident occurs." He said more details on the potential recommendation would be announced later. Dr Faishal had said last month that his panel was concerned about reports of reckless food delivery riders who rush to make deliveries, and that it was actively looking into stronger measures to ensure that the riders are covered by third-party liability insurance. Mr Steven Lim, a member of the panel and president of the Safe Cycling Task Force, said on Wednesday that while no final decision has been made on the recommendations, food delivery companies are already encouraged to take up such insurance. He said: "The food delivery riders are the ones who actually spend a lot of time on the streets, they clock higher mileage, so the chances of them getting into an accident are actually higher than other users." Both Grab and Deliveroo told The Straits Times that they had already purchased third-party liability insurance for their riders. Deliveroo said all 6,000 of its riders have been covered by insurance for free since May last year. "Accident insurance is applicable to riders on all vehicle types and their substitutes, while all cyclists and e-scooter riders also have access to third-party liability insurance," it said. Riders are covered by insurance at a value of up to US$1.5 million (S$2.03 million) in the event that they cause injury to another person while making a delivery. The insurance would also protect the rider in cases of property damage and cover any legal costs incurred. Grab, which runs GrabFood, said its riders have been covered by third-party insurance since June 14. It said the coverage aims to provide peace of mind to both pedestrians and delivery riders. It did not disclose the total number of riders insured or the monetary value of the coverage. Foodpanda's public relations team did not respond to ST's requests for comment, but ST understands that the company is also looking into buying third-party liability insurance for its riders. Ms Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC, previously suggested that third-party liability insurance be made mandatory for personal mobility device users. She told ST that the developments are a good step forward. "Having mandatory insurance for (riders) could help many pedestrians feel they have at least some recourse," she said. "More importantly, food delivery companies should hold their riders accountable for any accidents, using their tracking technology if needed." https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/food-delivery-firms-take-up-third-party-liability-insurance covers pedestrians only, no mention of cars ....
  17. the selfie verification already apply in Singapore?
  18. Uber's IPO flop bodes ill for Grab and Go-Jek Southeast Asian 'decacorns' must show path to profitability, say experts KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer MAY 15, 2019 15:56 JST https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Startups/Uber-s-IPO-flop-bodes-ill-for-Grab-and-Go-Jek
  19. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/grab-uber-deal-sparks-fears-of-price-hike Grab-Uber deal sparks fears of price hike Consumers and industry watchers are raising concerns that Grab's acquisition of Uber's South-east Asian business will lead to higher fares.PHOTO: ST FILE PublishedMar 26, 2018, 10:38 pm SGT Christopher Tan Senior Transport Correspondent christan@sph.com.sg Zhaki Abdullah azhaki@sph.com.sg SINGAPORE - Consumers and industry watchers are raising concerns that ride-hailing firm Grab's acquisition of rival Uber's South-east Asian business will reduce competition and lead to higher fares. Ms Zhang Bin Bin, who takes both Grab and Uber rides, is unsure how fares will change now that "competition is minimised". "If prices increase or if they match regular taxi prices, I will probably go back to public transport," said the film-maker, 23. Freelance photographer Robin Choo, 27, had the same concerns. "If prices for rides booked through Grab were to rise, I think I will have reconsider my travel options," he said. Drivers interviewed raised concerns about their incentives and commission rates. Private-hire drivers pay about 20 per cent of each fare to their operators. Mr Ken Tan, 45, is concerned about how the move might affect his earnings. While he has driven for both Uber and Grab, he said he was able to earn more driving for Uber due to the better driver incentives. Drivers now no longer have the option of choosing another operator if they are dissatisfied with their current firm, he said. Mr Thanaraj Suppiah, 36, who has been driving full-time for Uber since last June, said: "I will have to see how well Grab takes care of drivers." Mr Ang Hin Kee, executive adviser to the National Taxi Association as well as the National Private Hire Vehicles Association, said consumers and drivers need more choices, not fewer. Nonetheless, if the merger is approved here, he hopes that end users will be better off. "With potentially lower cost of operations via lower staff overheads and less spending on advertisement, the new entity can focus on delivering better terms for drivers and commuters," he said. "But if it infringes on commuter and driver interests, I hope the regulators can steer it back on track." Singapore University of Social Sciences senior lecturer and transport economist Walter Theseira said regulators can do one of two things to ensure that the market remains equitable for all parties. One is to have a dominant player which is well regulated. The other is to have multiple players and let natural competition keep them in check. "My personal view is that there has to be first of all, evidence that market size leads to efficiency," he said. "Secondly, there must be an appropriate lever to ensure that an enlarged player does not abuse its power." Meanwhile, consumers do not seem too worried that Grab - with its ambitions of becoming a major player in the food, payment and loan sectors - would have access to information on how they travel, eat and spend. "With the Government's cashless drive, consumers like myself will have to face the fact that my data is being collected," Mr Choo said. "My concern lies with how secure my data is." Said Ms Zhang: "I am quite indifferent to that... since many apps or even devices are already collecting such data." Grab Singapore head Lim Kell Jay said: "We have always cared about our customers' well-being and as a start, we will immediately extend our free personal accident insurance policy to all new interested Uber drivers and riders who choose to be part of our platform. "We expect our combined operations to create a better experience for our community of drivers and passengers... we expect to see shorter wait times and faster pick-ups. This would mean better productivity for our drivers, and better reliability for our passengers."
  20. Blueray

    New Ride-Hailing Firm FastGo

    New ride-hailing firm FastGo to launch in Singapore SINGAPORE - A nine-month-old Vietnamese start-up is hoping to carve a place for itself in Singapore's ride-hailing scene, currently dominated by industry giants Grab and Gojek. FastGo announced on Wednesday (March 20) that it aims to launch services here at the end of next month, and will begin registering drivers on April 1. The initial fleet size here will be at least 3,000 cars on the roads, FastGo Singapore country manager Diep Nguyen told The Straits Times. The firm currently operates in Vietnam and Myanmar, and plans to launch in five other countries in the region - such as Indonesia and the Philippines - by the end of 2019. Ms Nguyen said the firm invests an initial sum of about US$3 million ($4 million) in each new market. Referring to competition from Grab and Gojek, she said FastGo was "competing with them well" and that it would learn from its rivals' "experience and weaknesses to provide good policies and services for commuters and drivers". FastGo also intends to collaborate with taxi operators here, she added. In response to queries, a Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesman said: "We are working with FastGo to help them understand and operate in accordance to the local regulatory requirements." The LTA spokesman added that all prospective private-hire car booking service operators must comply with existing regulatory requirements before being allowed to operate here. FastGo aims to differentiate itself from Grab and Gojek - which collect a fee of about 20 per cent per fare from drivers - by charging them a daily subscription fee of less than US$5 if a driver's income exceeds US$30 a day. National Private Hire Vehicles Association executive adviser Ang Hin Kee said: "Collecting subscription fees is one novel way of recruiting drivers, but the litmus test is ease of getting commuters and collecting good earnings." He added: "If they can do more for drivers, such as providing insurance coverage and helping with Medisave, it will enhance their attractiveness and assure commuters that this new app has a big pool of drivers to serve their needs." Others, however, are sceptical about FastGo's chances. "It really depends on how much resources they can put in," said Singapore University of Social Sciences urban transport expert Park Byung Joon. "If they not have much resources to attract more drivers, it will be just another small storm in a tea cup." FastGo aims to raise US$50 million in the coming months to fund its regional expansion plans. In comparison, Grab recently announced it had secured some $2 billion in funding. Said Associate Professor Park: "Unless they (FastGo) can give more to drivers and commuters than Grab, it will be tough for them to compete." https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/new-ride-hailing-firm-fastgo-to-debut-here-in-april so any promo code ?
  21. https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/despite-looming-deadline-34000-private-hire-car-drivers-yet-obtain-vocational-licence Possible further downward pressure on COE?
  22. From yesterday's BT. Wow....3,000 to 4,000 surplus PHV cars to be released into the used car mkt.
  23. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/grab-driver-challenges-himself-24-030321825.html A Grab driver who goes by the name of Sonic (gotta go fast after all) recounted on Facebook his experience in pushing himself to work for 24 hours as a personal challenge — an ordeal that earned him $912 in total from the 59 jobs he took. Wanting to prove that it is actually possible to rake in close to $1,000 on a weekday, the Grab driver embarked on his quest on Monday, when the clock struck midnight. The man even uploaded video logs of his 24-hour work day on the ProDriver IncGrab driver community page on Facebook to show his progress. In the first clip, he mentioned that he would begin the shift at Changi Airport, acknowledging that it would be pretty hard to get many passengers on a Monday. “I strongly advise against driving such long hours because it’s actually very dangerous for yourself and the rider,” he urged. “Rest assured that I will stop if I feel too tired, but I’m very well rested over the weekend”. Grab driver challenges himself to work 24 hours. just how safe is it to drive 24 hours a day? thought commercial drivers got limitations to the number of hours they can drive a day? or not applicable to grab drivers? endangering other road users also.
  24. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/south-east-asian-rivals-go-jek-and-grab-to-face-off-in-singapore-as-uber-exits?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&xtor=CS1-10 The battle for a slice of South-east Asia's ride-hailing market is set to heat up, as two billion-dollar homegrown players brace themselves for expansion following the exit of Uber. A week after Singapore-based Grab announced it was acquiring Uber's business in South-east Asia, Indonesian technology company Go-Jek has been reaching out to former Uber drivers in greater Jakarta, while making plans to expand its services to Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Here we go again. One down, another one up. Same as our Telco. In the end, everything is monopolised by the Government. Singapore's market is too controlled and too small for long term sustainability and growth. What's next?
  25. recently all the uber and grab car i took sibeh dirty and smelly sia. got tissue and disgusting smell. while i understand some are rentals and no time etc etc but some really quite gross leh