As Grab takes over Uber operations in Malaysia, consumers are worried about possible fare increases due to lack of competition. Previously, you have a choice between Grab and Uber, so you can pick based on pricing and availability.
With Uber pulling the plug this coming Sunday, there’s now another ride-hailing alternative that you can use in Malaysia.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about Uber selling their Southeast Asian business to local ride hailing service Grab. Today, those rumours and speculations are put to rest as Grab officially announces that they’re taking over operations for Uber in Southeast Asia.
Here’s what that means.
In a bid to increase efficiency, Uber is introducing wait-time charges in Singapore. Since time is money, Uber will be charging riders that make their drivers wait unnecessarily. If everyone shows up on time, this could reduce drivers’ idle time which could translate to more rides each day.
After teasing it earlier, Uber Malaysia has finally launched their new uberTAXI feature, which is pretty self-explanatory, and a second new feature called uberFLASH.
Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Grab often operate in the grey area of the law. Some countries have outright banned the service citing violation of transportation laws while others have started regulating with special licences.
Despite protests by taxi drivers, the Malaysian government appears to be supportive of ride-sharing to an extent that our recent Budget 2017 encourages people to use their BR1M money to purchase new vehicles for the service. Now both Uber and Grab are finally legal with the latest amendments passed in Parliament.
Yet another incident has occurred involving a rider and driver of an e-hailing service here in Malaysia but this time it’s not Uber. Grab has now come under pressure as a woman was allegedly raped by her GrabCar driver while on her way home.
Uber has been operating in Malaysia for 3 years now. To mark the occasion, the ride-sharing service is now rolling out in Alor Setar, Langkawi and Miri.
Ride-sharing is probably the best thing to ever happen for the Klang Valley. While our public transport infrastructure is improving with new lines and new trains, getting from point A to point B is still very much reliant on road transport.
Just recently Grab had introduced its new service that’s called GrabShare. Like the same suggests, it’s basically a GrabCar service which you can share with another passenger. Think of it as car-pooling on a GrabCar platform. Is it any good? We gave it a try to find out more.
With the current road congestion, carpooling is the way to go but it takes a lot of coordination from multiple parties. Sure, you can organise a pickup of your colleagues who are staying at different places but the designated driver ends up spending more time going point to point to pick up everyone.
Grab has just launched GrabShare, a new ride sharing service in Malaysia that aims to be a smarter way to travel. It’s a carpooling service which allows you to share your ride with someone else.
This will not only bring down the cost of point to point travel but it also helps to reduce congestion on the road.