This new measure is meant to help their driver-partners keep up with rising costs of being on the road.
Travelling by local ride-hailing platform Grab will burn a bigger hole in your pocket with its newest measure: base fares will be increased by S$1 on all rides from next month with the exception of Standard Taxi (metered fare), GrabHitch and GrabCoach.
New scheme to roll out on 1 June 2021, 10am
The platform sent an email to its customers on Tuesday morning (25 May 2021), notifying them of the change one week before its implementation.
In the email, Grab announced that this S$1 increase is necessary in order to “make it sustainable for (their) driver-partners to continue to be on the road”, especially during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period when the demand for private-hire transport is down.
Grab, which usually takes about a 20% cut from each ride, said that they will not be collecting commission from this S$1 from 1 to 30 June 2021. Until July, this amount will fully go towards the drivers to help them cope with operational costs such as petrol and car maintenance.
This is the first time since 2017 that the ride-hailing firm has adjusted its costs.
Grab to support drivers with other Grab-funded initiatives
In addition to the revised fare structure, Grab will also be supporting their partner-drivers with Grab-funded initiatives to safeguard them and their livelihoods. These include:
- Rental rebates to assist with reducing fixed costs during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)
- Increased fuel discounts through Grab-negotiated partnership
- Delivery opportunities on the Grab platform to help supplement earnings
- Training and career support initiatives via GrabAcademy
- Quarantine Order and Hospitalisation Income Support and Rental Waiver
- Complimentary Driver Care Protection and Vaccination cover by Chubb Insurance
- Enhanced Prolonged Medical Leave Insurance
- GrabProtect hygiene kits
More incentives to complete delivery jobs and rental rebates for eligible drivers
To increase their income, Grab is rolling out extra incentives for drivers to take on delivery jobs via GrabFood, GrabMart and GrabExpress, especially in the CBD area.
“Grab will be providing additional incentives for driver-partners who complete delivery jobs in designated high demand areas,” the company said.
Drivers who lease their vehicle through GrabRentals, on the other hand, may also be eligible for a rental rebate of up to S$45 per week, depending on their present rental fees.
Six of Grab’s recommended fleet partners will be taking part in this scheme, including:
- Lion City Rentals
- Auto Exchange Leasing
- KH Leasing
- MS Carz Leasing
- Prime Transport and Limousine Services
- Roset Limousine Services
Grab to give passengers S$1 off peak hour rides between 1 to 14 June 2021
To help passengers adjust to this change, Grab will be giving back S$1 for peak hour rides from 1 to 14 June 2021 via promo code ‘STAYSAFE’.
This promotion is valid for pickups from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm on weekdays (capped at first 50,000 redemptions), as well as 11am to 6pm on weekends (capped at first 75,000 redemptions). Redemptions are limited to two per day per user and valid for payment with GrabPay and GrabPay credits only. Rides exclude GrabHitch, Standard Taxi, GrabResponse and GrabSHN.
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