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Thursday, February 19, 2015

GrabTaxi PH launches GrabCar+ luxury car taxi service to transport commuters in a fastest, most convenient, and safest way


Grab Taxi Philippines launches ta luxury car taxi service for Manila, they have a new service called Grab Car+ , its similar to their existing service Grab Car, but the difference is that the Grab Car offers Sedan cars with fixed rate and no booking fee and for Grab Car+ it offers luxury cars taxi service with fixed rate and no booking fee.

The service is in its soft launch period, but you can already booked a taxi ride via the Grab Taxi app and choose the Grab Car+ service to track the luxury car taxi service nearby. Available Grab Car+ cars are – Fortuner, Montero, Camry, Hummer and Tucson.

No need to buy a million pesos worth of luxury car, you can now book them for your travel around Manila as cheap as possible, from a rate of PHP150 up to PHP200++

According to Ms. Natasha Bautista, acting general manager of GrabTaxi PH – “ The GrabCar business model has been successful over the past year. We’ve been getting good reviews as well as requests to include more premium cars. This is where we got the idea for GrabCar+. We’re also opening the business to those who are interested to partner with us through the LTFRB-acknowledged GrabPeer system”

GrabTaxi is the Philippine app version of MyTeksi of Malaysia. It’s a smartphone app to smartphone app communication of a taxi driver and the passenger. Passengers can book a taxi via smartphone app if the taxi is near the location of the passenger. The passengers can use the app to communicate with the driver, mention for tips and pay via credit card, if no credit card passengers can also pay cash direct to the driver.

MyTeksi was launched in Malaysia in 2011, and then re-launched here in the Philippines on 2013 as GrabTaxi, then launched a Grab Car sedan car service on May 2014, Then on June-Oct 2014 they launched a GrabTaxi service in Cebu and Davao. For this year Feb 2015, they launched the GrabCar+ luxury taxi car service in Manila.

GrabTaxi operates in six countries – Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

I asked Ms. Natasha on how to join the GrabPeer, turning a fellow motorist to become a Grab Car service operator, she said that they will help the motorist applicant with the paper works, screening and also get proper accreditation with the LTFRB. I asked her if that will make a trouble with LTFRB bec. it’s a private vehicle, then she said that with the proper paper work and partnership with GrabTaxi or GrabCar, there’s no need to worry because GrabTaxi PH works with the government to operate in a legal way.

GrabTaxi offers good income stream to the operator and driver and also for the passenger to get more travel options to bring them to their destination in the fastest, most convenient, and safest way possible.

We learned since last year that GrabTaxi PH partners with a car rental service with a lot of car fleet, these car service operators joined GrabTaxi PH’s GrabCar and GrabCar+ service to turn those cars into a taxi service every day. The flow of income streams is that 80% goes to the operator, 20% goes to GrabTaxi PH and an incentive fee for the driver for every successful ride from a passenger, don’t forget that sometimes passengers gave tips to driver for them to keep.

We interviewed a driver of a GrabCar+, he said that he earns PHP450 daily based on incentive rides, + monthly salary from the GrabPeer or operator, plus received tips from happy passengers. After doing some math, we discovered that one driver can earn up to PHP 20,000 to PHP 24,000.

For more info on how to be a GrabCar operator or driver,
log on to www.grabcar.com and click How to be a GrabPeer.

GrabTaxi app is available in iOs, Android and Blackberry


I learned from Raffy and Enzo that they got a GRABCAR+ booking and it’s a Hummer 3 luxury car owned by a GrabPeer and operated under GrabCar+ service. This car will transport us from Makati to Greenfields Mandaluyong.

We date to compute the fare and its for only PHP 200.

Wow!! that’s already a reasonable price for a luxury car taxi.

Raffy of www.digitalspidey.com

Enzo of www.juanmanilaexpress.com and EIC of Adventour Magazine


Inside the Hummer 3 GrabCar+ service


The soft launch at A Space Makati


I’m late! hahah


The GrabTaxi ladies who talks to the driver, operators and the media explaining the service of GrabCar+


Acting Manager Natasha Bautista showed to us on how to use the GrabTaxi App









The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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