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Grab, Uber Fined $9.5 Million by Singapore's Competition Watchdog

Body also ordered Grab to revert to its pre-merger pricing

Singapore’s competition body has fined Grab and Uber a total of $9.5 million for its merger, saying the deal “has led to a substantial lessening of competition in the provision of ride-hailing platform services” in the city-state.Related story: Singapore Proposes Fines on ...

by Paul John Caña  | September 24, 2018 12:00:00
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How the Return of Time-Based Charges Will Impact the Cost of Car-Hailing Rides on Grab and Hype

Grab PH cuts maximum price surge from 2x to 1.6x to ease burden on customers

Riders of ride-hailing companies Grab Philippines and Hype Transport Systems Inc. will have to pay the time-based charge again starting today, September 21, after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) lifted its suspension of the fare component on September 4.In ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | September 21, 2018 03:00:00
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LTFRB Reverses Order Compelling Grab PH to Reimburse Riders for 'Unauthorized' Fare Charge

However, ride-hailing company will still need to pay Php10-million penalty

The Land Transportation and Franchising Board has reversed its July 9 order to MyTaxi.Ph Inc., the company operating Grab Philippines, to reimburse the Php2 per minute it charged to riders for trips made from June 2017 to April 2018 through rebates, giving ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 04, 2018 06:00:00
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How Soon Will Commuters Feel the Impact of LTFRB's Move to Add 10K Slots to TNVS Supply?

The regulatory body says they can process only a few hundred applications a day

The recent decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to open 10,000 new slots in the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) supply base in Metro Manila has been generally welcomed by all industry stakeholders.The move will increase the number ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 30, 2018 09:00:00
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US Ride-Hailing Firms Turn to E-Bikes, Scooters for Shorter Journeys. Is This Possible in PH?

Like Lyft, Uber is opening up its app to be used for riding electronic bikes or scooters

Amid preparations for its highly anticipated IPO, Uber is planning to offer electric bicycles and scooters as alternative transportation modes particularly for shorter trips, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview with the Financial Times.Khosrowshahi admitted that they earn less with bike ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 28, 2018 02:00:00
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Lower Fares and Easier Bookings Expected With PCC's Conditional Clearance of Grab-Uber Merger

The PCC will monitor Grab for a one-year period to ensure that it meets certain commitments addressing anti-competitive concerns

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has cleared the merger between ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber in the country, the anti-trust body announced in August 10.In what it calls a “Commitment Decision”, the PCC detailed seven conditions that Grab has to meet to ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 10, 2018 01:00:00
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Grab PH Did Not Engage in 'Phantom Bookings' as Alleged by Micab CEO

Grab Philippines country head says it investigated Micab founder's allegations and found them to be false

Grab Philippines country head Brian CuIn his contributed piece originally published unverified on the e27 site on 18 July, Micab Systems Corp. CEO, Eddie Ybanez made allegations about 15,000 "phantom bookings" on MiCab’s platform.Related story: Why You Can’t Get a Taxi or Car ...

by Brian Cu  | July 27, 2018 07:00:00
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Are The New Ride-Hailing Services in Metro Manila Making a Difference?

We tried booking a ride with the three TNCs that recently launched operations in the capital region

The series of announcements that at least three transport network companies (TNCs) have finally launched operations in Metro Manila in the last few months was greeted with happy excitement by ride-hailing commuters in the capital region.Since Uber ceased operation in the Philippines ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 19, 2018 12:00:00
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Fail Fast, Learn Fast: How Micab Scaled Up From Cebu Towards Nationwide Expansion

The Cebu-based cab-hailing startup tried several business models to find out what works with the taxi industry

Kenneth Baylosis is the co-founder of Cebu-based taxi-hailing service MicabIf tech startups are supposed to address a pain point for a sizeable part of the population, then it’s somewhat of a mystery why MiCab, the taxi-hailing company, was founded in Cebu City.Geographically, ...

by Jaymes Shrimski  | June 15, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

This Lady Grab Driver Ditched Her Office Job for a Life on the Road

For her, even sitting in traffic is a joy

Lisza Buscano-Rudalla quit her office job at a high-end furniture manufacturer to become a Grab driverHave you met somebody who loves driving so much, no amount of traffic will faze them? One such person is Lisza Buscaino-Redulla. We first heard about her from our ...

by Paulo Rafael Subido for TopGear.com.ph  | June 04, 2018 12:00:00
Startup Tips

In the Journey from Engineer to Entrepreneur, Little Knowledge is Not Always a Bad Thing

The founder of Cebu-based Micab taxi-hailing startup recounts what it took to make the transition

When I first started taxi-hailing application Micab in Cebu back in 2012, I had a romantic idea of who tech founders were and what they did. Like every other person who is not from Silicon Valley, I looked to the tech mecca ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | May 26, 2018 08:00:00
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How Hirna’s Taxi-Hailing App Has Changed the Way Davao Residents Commute

President Duterte’s hometown is one of the first PH cities to implement the LTFRB’s taxi modernization program

Hirna is a ride-hailing service with roots in Davao City that charges no booking fees or surge prices. Passengers only pay for the metered fareDavao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte where he was mayor for decades, is known for safety and ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | May 07, 2018 02:00:00
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(LOOK) How Grab PH Fares Moved in the Past 2 Weeks in Response to LTFRB Orders

Here’s what we found after checking the prices of rides at various times of the day along a single route for 12 days

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a number of orders in the past two weeks in a bid to keep fares charged by vehicles belonging to ride-sharing network Grab Philippines competitive after its rival Uber ceased operations in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez, Pauline Macaraeg and Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | April 24, 2018 06:00:00
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