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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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(Infographic) Is LTFRB to Blame for What Grab PH Calls a Ride-Hailing Vehicle Supply Crisis?

The TNVS shortage has reached crisis proportions that Grab says is bound to get worse

If you want to understand why Metro Manila residents are having such a hard time booking rides with Grab in recent months, a quick and easy way is to take a look at the graph in this page on the ride-hailing company’s ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 20, 2018 04:00:00
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Grab Vows to Provide Customers Detailed Breakdown of Fares for Each Trip

Greater transparency among commitments made to regulators to win approval for merger with Uber

Grab passengers will be able to receive a clear and detailed breakdown of their fares by the end of the month, Grab Philippines Country Head Brian Cu said in a press conference August 10, Friday.Welcoming the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) approval of ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 10, 2018 05:00:00
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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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Singapore Proposes Fines on Grab, Uber for Violating Competition Laws

The city-state's competition authority warns it may move to undo the merger if anti-trust concerns are not addressed

Singapore’s antitrust body has proposed fines against ride-sharing giants Uber and Grab after finding that the company’s merger substantially lessened competition in the city-state. It also warned it may move to undo the merger.The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) released ...

by Paul John Caña  | July 05, 2018 08:00:00
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How Frequently Do Filipino Commuters Use Ride-Hailing Apps?

Survey shows that transport network vehicle services have become a public necessity

On March 26, ride-hailing companies Uber and Grab announced they were merging their Southeast Asian operations in a multi-billion dollar deal, leaving the Philippines with only one major player in the transport network vehicle services (TNVS) industry by the middle of April ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | April 19, 2018 10:00:00
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Grab Says Average Fares Have Gone Down Post-Acquisition of Uber

But based on Grab's data, fares have gone up in 40% of 20 most common routes in Metro Manila

Passenger fares have gone down an average of two percent since Grab’s acquisition of Uber in the region, Grab officials said during a press conference on Wednesday, April 18.Grab Philippines Country Head Brian Cu presented data showing how fares have gone down ...

by Paul John Caña  | April 18, 2018 07:00:00
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Uber Alternative Arcade City Announces Southeast Asia Launch on April 16, But LTFRB Issues Halt Order in PH

The US-based platform says it’s not a centralized operation like Grab and Uber but a peer-to-peer network

Just over two weeks since ride-sharing giant Uber’s announced its departure from Southeast Asian markets following its merger with Grab, a new and different kind of ride sharing network seems poised to take its place.Arcade City said it will launch its mobile ...

by Paul John Caña  | April 13, 2018 11:00:00
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LTFRB Tells Grab to Halve Price Surge Cap from 100% to Only 50%

Agency explains measure will remain while the ride-hailing firm faces no competition

The Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) has ordered ride-hailing giant Grab to limit its allowed maximum fare price surge from 100 percent to only 50 percent of the regular fare, according to a Facebook post of the company’s country head in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 11, 2018 07:00:00
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Uber App Still Works in PH But Has Limited Functionality, and Little or No Support

Grab says it’s bearing the cost of maintaining Uber’s app in the country but only until April 15

The Uber ride-hailing app is still available in the Philippines even after April 8 in compliance with the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC)’s order for both Grab and Uber to maintain independent operation in the country while it conducts a review of the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 09, 2018 05:00:00
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Anti-Trust Body Orders Uber to Continue Operations Beyond April 8 in PH

Tells both Grab and Uber to maintain independence of their businesses in the country

The Philippine Competition Commission has ordered Uber to continue its ride-hailing operations in the Philippines while the anti-trust body completes its review of the merger agreement, according to a statement released by the agency Saturday, April 7.The order comes two days before ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 07, 2018 02:00:00
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Competition Body Wants Grab and Uber to Continue to Operate Independently in PH Amid Review

But both ride-hailing companies don't seem inclined to agree to the proposal

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is proposing that Grab and Uber should continue to operate independently in the Philippines while the anti-trust body conducts a thorough review of their merger in the country.The commission is tasked with preventing the formation of trusts ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 05, 2018 04:00:00
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PH Anti-Trust Body to Review Grab-Uber Merger as It Could Reduce Competition

Move comes despite the two ride-sharing firms’ claim that the deal falls below notification thresholds

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has announced that it will proceed with a review on the merger-and-acquisition deal between ride-hailing operators Grab and Uber.“The PCC has resolved to direct its Mergers and Acquisitions Office to commence a motu proprio review of the ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | April 03, 2018 05:00:00