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Toyota investing $1 billion in ride-hailing company Grab

Tokyo — Japan’s top automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is investing $1 billion in Grab, the leading ride-hailing company in Southeast Asia, the company said Wednesday. Toyota said it reached a deal with Grab Holdings to strengthen the existing partnership to grow in mobility services in the region. A Toyota executive will be appointed to Grab’s […]

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Grab passengers face fine

Amid mounting complaints by commuters against drivers, and vice versa, ride-hailing giant Grab said on Tuesday it might impose charges on passengers who would cancel their bookings, in the same way that Uber had. Cindy Toh, Grab marketing head, said the company might start charging the cancellation fees before July as part of its 100-day […]

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Indonesia’s Go-Jek wants to operate in PH – LTFRB exec

Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek has expressed its interest in joining the country’s transport network vehicle service (TNVS) industry, an official from the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Monday. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada welcomed the move but said that Go-Jek’s entry would still have to undergo strict deliberation. “Go-Jek is interested […]

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Grab driver detained for threatening rider

It was a collision — not of vehicles but of pride. That was how a police investigator described the commotion that ensued between a Grab driver and his passenger, which led to a litany of criminal complaints — oral defamation, threats and reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury — being filed against the former in […]

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Hike in ride booking cancellation by drivers due to low fares – Grab

Cancellation of ride bookings by drivers of Grab Philippines has increased after the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) suspended its P2 per minute travel charge in its fare system. This was disclosed by the ride-hailing firm on Monday, as it defended its move to implement the travel charge in order to help drivers recoup […]

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LTFRB accredits ridesharing firm Hype to rival Grab

Three days after Uber’s exit from the country’s ride-hailing industry, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) accredited on Wednesday Hype Transport Systems Inc., a Filipino-owned transport network company (TNC) expected to rival the operations of Grab at a time when passenger complaints against it continue to mount. With the LTFRB’s accreditation of Hype, […]

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Grab stops collecting P2 travel charge

Transport network company (TNC) Grab suspended on Friday its collection of a P2-per-minute travel charge, but called on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reconsider the order as it pointed out that this would cause “irreparable damage” to the thousands of drivers on its platform. In its motion for reconsideration filed with […]

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LTFRB starts probe of Grab’s unauthorized travel charge

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday ordered Grab to disclose when it started implementing a P2 per minute travel charge and the number of monthly trips it has made since the restructured fare scheme took effect. However, it did not order the transport network company (TNC) to suspend the collection of […]

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As Uber exits, Grab hit by complaints about high rates

On the day Grab became the dominant player in the ride-hailing industry with Uber’s exit from the country, commuters complained about its exorbitant fares. The transport network company (TNC), however, stressed that it was not taking advantage of the situation, explaining that its rates were still within the bounds approved by the government. Still, Grab’s […]

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Grab testing ‘auto-accept’ feature in mobile app

Grab Philippines is considering to introduce an auto-accept feature in its mobile app amid numerous consumer complaints about Grab drivers’ tendency to cancel bookings if the destinations are far or where traffic congestion is bad. In a public hearing last week, Grab country head Brian Cu said the feature was first being tested with 5,000 […]

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