By LYDIA NATHAN / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
Almost all of Uber drivers have joined Grab’s ride-sharing platform following the corporate takeover exercise in March.
Grab Malaysia country head Sean Goh said even though the companies are different, their common goals so far have helped ease the transition in general.
“Both have the same goal of creating a livelihood for anyone who wants to drive, as long as the person has a car. I think Uber drivers see the value of joining Grab, so yes (the) take-up is very good,” Goh told The Malaysian Reserve recently.
He said there is no distinction between new and old drivers. It is how active they drive that will determine the rewards for them.
Grab currently has 2.8 million drivers regionally and operates in 25 cities in Malaysia.
“We will start operations in Lahad Datu and Sarikei on May 2, 2018, increasing the number to 27 cities in Malaysia,” he said.
Goh added that Grab has rolled out a programme for people who do not own a car, to enable them to drive with Grab.
“They can now get a car from Grab, so they can start driving. We want to be as inclusive as possible,” he said.
Grab is still waiting for a directive after the government announced that app-based transport providers are subject to the same regulations as taxi operators and drivers.
The Cabinet endorsed the new rules for ride-hailing on April 6, 2018, in the last Cabinet meeting before the dissolution of the Parliament the day after.
The ruling will affect some 400,000 drivers in the industry, but has not been enforced yet.
Goh said Grab has been working with the Land Public Transport Commission and the Royal Malaysia Police to ensure a smooth transition to the new regulations.
Grab has partnered Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PetDag) to launch Grab Driver Pit Stop at the Mutiara Damansara Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Bhd) station.
The pit stop will provide an area where Grab driver partners can rest and refresh before continuing on their journey.
The partnership will be rolled out in phases, with a targeted 100 pit stops across the country by year-end.
In terms of investments, Goh said both parties will invest equally into the pit stops.
“The initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our value offerings to Grab, which also include special incentives, discounts and loyalty programme,” PetDag head of retail business Aadrin Azly said.
“We have 53 places already in all around the country. Both Grab and Petronas share the same visions and values,” Aadrin said.
Driver partners will also enjoy complimentary Mesra mineral water or hot drinks for every purchase of RM50 fuel and seasonal offers, among other benefits.