A huge percentage of the Philippine population uses different modes of public transport every single day. Taxis, buses, tricycles, trains, and pedicabs are responsible for bringing Pinoys from Point A to Point B, but even with this variety, much can be said about the difficulty of finding one that can get you to Point B in the shortest amount of time, and through hellish city traffic. The same goes for actually managing to get on one, particularly during rush hour, bad weather, mall-wide sales, major entertainment events and national holidays: commuters regularly have to contend with long queues, thieves, scammers and, for some transport modes at exorbitant rates.
Many taxi-riders have taken to using handy and free tools like Taxikick, and/or reporting their cases (usually involving difficult and unpleasant taxi drivers, and tampered meters) to government agencies like the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and its agencies. While these solutions and government agencies\\\' efforts are much appreciated, they can only deal with the problem after it has occurred. Savvy commuters have also taken to jotting down and memorizing the hotlines of reputable taxi companies, or finding a suki taxi driver to take them to where they want to go. Entrepreneur.com.ph recently found a new company that puts both taxi operators and commuters at ease, and it goes by the easy-to-remember name of Grab-a-Cab.
Established only last January, Grab-a-Cab aims to make small and mid-size taxi companies upgrade from the standard radio system to its modern, computerized dispatching solution. The bundled Grab-a-Cab solution includes GPS tracking for each unit in the taxi fleet, mobile data terminals, data airtime, automated dispatch, much faster call processing and dispatch times, and the elimination of errors and duplicate trips. Grab-a-Cab also takes care of the maintenance of each GPS unit, and provides customized taxi dispatch services per client. The result? Increased efficiency, no dispatch bias, better fleet monitoring, and lower costs for the taxi companies.