Motorcycle taxis available on Grab starting September 23

Commuters will be able to book a motorcycle taxi on the Grab app starting Thursday, September 23.

In a statement on Wednesday, September 22, Grab Philippines said it partnered with Move It for its motorcycle ride-hailing service.

Move It will still offer motorcycle rides through its app, but the partnership will allow its riders to have a wider market given Grab's large user base.

Similar to Grab's transport bookings, cashless payments will be implemented. Commuters can pay through credit or debit card, GrabPay credits, or by cashing in with the driver.

"Through this landmark partnership, we are confident that many Filipinos will experience and enjoy its many benefits, and we are hopeful that the bike-hailing industry will continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic," said Move It president and chief executive officer Francis Juan.

Since the service is being offered during the coronavirus pandemic, commuters will have to bring their own helmets.

Commuters can book Mondays to Sundays, from 5 am to 10 pm, in the Greater Manila Area.

"Our partnership with Move It is a hallmark expression of how transport stakeholders can come together for the common good, and we invite all companies to join us towards this mission," said Grab Philippines head Grace Vera Cruz.

Grab said statistics required by the Department of Transportation's motorcycle taxi technical working group (TWG) will still be submitted.

In 2020, Grab had said it was "seriously considering" entering the motorcycle taxi market "if given the chance."

The motorcycle taxi TWG, however, did not seem keen on granting authority to other players outside of the original participants in the government's pilot study. Aside from Move It, Angkas and JoyRide were authorized to offer motorcycle ride-hailing services.

The Philippine government allowed motorcycle ride-hailing services to augment transportation in Metro Manila starting October 2020, amid the limited options due to coronavirus restrictions. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.

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