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Online reactions: Angkas gets Twitter praise for free rides

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

On Twitter, people express their appreciation for the app-enabled transportation service

Malaysia threatens Grab with $21-million fine

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Malaysia Competition Commission proposes fining Grab almost 87 million ringgit ($21 million) for preventing its drivers from providing advertising services for the company's competitors

LEGAL. Grab Philippines maintains that the P2/minute fare charge is legal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Grab crash victim: I have not received any financial aid

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) Grab denies this allegation, showing a check for around P166,000, which it issued and was received by the victim's uncle

Karen Greneta, road crash victim at the senate hearing on the Philippine Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors and Families bill. October 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov’t should require training for motorcycle riders – Angkas

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:22 AM

'It is the responsibility of the government that allows the purchases or selling of [motorcycles] to make sure that every single citizen knows how to ride it, institutionally,' says Angkas spokesperson George Royeca

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS. Motorcyle riders navigate Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Uber trims more staff as it seeks a route to profit

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:45 PM

San Francisco-based Uber is cutting about 265 people from its engineering group and another 170 or so jobs from its product team

UBER IPO IN MOTION. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

China executes ride-hailing driver who killed passenger

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Didi Chuxing has been slammed by critics and China's transport ministry over safety lapses after the incident in the eastern city of Wenzhou in August 2018, barely 3 months after a similar death

DIDI. A taxi driver uses the Didi Chuxing app while driving along a street in Guilin, China on May 13, 2016. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Grab doubles down on safety through new in-app 'Safety Center'

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The ride-hailing platform invests at least $20 million to work on safety for its users

SAFER EVERYDAY. Grab Philippines President Brian Cu strengthens the app's safety proposition through its new centralized access point for safety features. Photo from Grab

Grab to invest $500 million in Vietnam

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Ride-hailing firm Grab is making a fresh investment in Vietnam for new services and expansion of existing offerings

LEGAL. Grab Philippines maintains that the P2/minute fare charge is legal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Marketing gone wrong: Angkas hit for 'like sex' promo tweet

Jul 31, 2019 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'We take full responsibility for the misstep,' says Angkas as it apologizes to the public for the tweet

Grab to invest $2 billion in Indonesia with SoftBank funds

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Grab's Indonesian investment will focus on building a next-generation electric vehicle transport network and rolling out e-healthcare services

Grab slammed for 'normalizing' cheating

Jul 23, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(UPDATED) After receiving backlash online, Grab Philippines says they will reach out to the female celebrities to extend their apologies

Grab: 'Transport holiday' had no effect on passenger bookings

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:20 PM

'Passenger booking requests were served well through efforts by TNVS drivers all over Metro Manila,' says Grab Philippines

DEACTIVATED. Some of deactivated transport network vehicles service (TNVS) driver-partners of Grab Philippines hold a protest caravan from Quezon City Memorial Circle. File photo by Maria Tan

Ride-hailing drivers to go on 'transport holiday' July 8

Jul 04, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Some ride-hailing drivers will go offline on July 8, in protest of the franchise requirements of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

HOLIDAY. Leaders of TNVS groups and their lawyers chant 'No to LTFRB's pahirap policies!' while raising banners that highlight their concerns on June 4, 2019. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

Angkas targets 6-month pilot run by end of June

Jun 13, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Angkas aims to fully retrain the remaining 15,000 bikers by end of June to finally start the 6-month pilot implementation

RETRAINING. Angkas says they are retraining about 2,000 drivers a day in San Andres Complex in Manila.

Grab: 15,000 'colorum' drivers deactivated since start of 2019

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Grab Philippines president Brian Cu appeals to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to 'find ways to quickly increase the number of drivers'

DEACTIVATED. Some of deactivated transport network vehicles service (TNVS) driver-partners of the ride-hailing app company, Grab Philippines, hold a protest caravan on June 11, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan

Grab urges drivers set for deactivation on June 10 to reapply

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The deactivation of unaccredited Grab drivers will push through on Monday, June 10, but the company says those affected can still vie for 10,000 new slots

LTFRB to Grab: Why deactivate unaccredited drivers only now?

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board says drivers who failed to get accredited 'should have already been deactivated by Grab' months ago

Grab to deactivate 8,000 drivers by June 10

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Filipinos can expect longer booking time and price surges, as Grab is set to deactivate some 8,000 drivers for failure to comply with LTFRB requirements

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Jun 01, 2019 - 12:54 PM

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Grab sets measures to curb driver, passenger cancellations

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Grab Philippines says it is 'mindful that cancellations are frustrating for everyone.' Here's how it plans to discourage both drivers and passengers from canceling rides.

Sony to compete with Uber in Japan with own ride-hailing app

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Sony has its own ride-hailing app in Japan

Photo from Sony


Uber sets IPO in motion, seeks to 'ignite opportunity'

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission contains no specific pricing or timing for the market debut for Uber, which according to media reports is expected to raise some $10 billion

UBER IPO IN MOTION. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Uber to buy Mideast rival Careem for $3.1 billion

Mar 26, 2019 - 4:26 PM

'Careem and Uber are joining forces. We have reached an agreement in which Uber will acquire Careem for $3.1 billion,' a joint statement reads.

Lyft revs up for an IPO seeking to raise $2.4 billion

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Lyft's launch is the first of what is expected to be a wave of IPOs from venture-backed startups worth more than $1 billion, known in Silicon Valley as 'unicorns'

LYFT. The Lyft logo is displayed on a car on March 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

LTFRB again rejects Go-Jek entry into Philippine market

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reiterates that Go-Jek's local subsidiary does not meet the 60% Filipino ownership requirement

REJECTED. Philippine transport regulators reject Indonesian Go-Jek's entry in the country.

WATCH: Angkas x Dante Gulapa is the collab you didn't know you needed

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:57 PM

We didn't ask for it – but we got it anyway

VIRAL X VIRAL. Dante Gulapa collabs with Angkas. Screenshot from the Angkas Facebook page

Ride-hailing firm Grab secures $1.5 billion in funding

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The fresh investment from the Vision Fund of Softbank Group brings the total financing secured by Singapore-headquartered Grab over the past year to more than $4.5 billion

Grab Philippines donates shooting simulator to highway police

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Grab says the simulator would enhance the PNP Highway Patrol Group's road safety and security skills

SIMULATOR. Philippines' top cop Oscar Albayalde tried out the shooting simulator donated by Grab. Photo from Grab Philippines

Get 'kilig' with Grab's Valentines' gimmick: Baes, free rides, discounts

Feb 09, 2019 - 6:32 PM

With the day of hearts just around the corner, passengers can book 'GrabBaes', get free rides, surprise deliveries, or redeem freebies

BAE. Here are the 'GrabBaes' or Grab's kilig ambassador during the #KiligforEveryone launch. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Transeek, a Grab-like app for trikes, is coming to Butuan City

Feb 06, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Transeek app will be available for Android smartphone users this year

TRANSEEK. The Transeek app hopes to provide safer and convenient commute around Butuan City. Photo by DOST Caraga

Thai retailer Central puts $200 million into Grab

Jan 31, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Grab co-founder Anthony Tan says the Central deal brings together Thailand's 'local retail champion' with the 'local technology champion'

grab application on phone. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Grab launches 8 new app features

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Among the new features include saving places, rewards points for being canceled on by drivers, and many others

INTEGRATION. Grab Philippines President Brian Cu says their digital payment GrabPay will also be integrated in other services. Image from Shutterstock, Grab app screengrab

Antitrust body fines Grab Philippines anew

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) PCC Commissioner Johannes Bernabe explains the failure to submit the needed data 'prevented the PCC and the 3rd party body' from monitoring the pricing commitments

Indonesia's Go-Jek invests in Coins.ph

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Indonesian ride-hailing giant Go-Jek refuses to disclose the amount it has invested in Coins.ph, but says it is a 'substantial' acquisition of shares

INVEST. Indonesian unicorn Go-Jek invests in Philippine digital wallet startup Coins.ph. Go-Jek photo from Shutterstock, platform image from Coins.ph

LTFRB panel denies Go-Jek entry into Philippine market

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) The pre-accreditation committee of the LTFRB says Go-Jek's local subsidiary Velox Technology Philippines violates the foreign ownership rule in public utility

DENIED. The LTFRB pre-accreditation committee denies the application of Go-Jek done through its local subsidiary Velox Technology Philippines. Rappler photo

DOTr to Angkas: We're willing to listen, but stop defying SC

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Department of Transportation hits Angkas for continuing 'to brazenly defy the order of the Supreme Court' to temporarily stop its operations

UNITY RIDE. Thousands of Angkas riders, who found themselves at the receiving end of Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board apprehensions, join the massive Unity Ride along EDSA on December 16, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Watch Nadine Lustre, Gab Valenciano, Sam Concepcion at #SaveAngkas concert

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Angkas is hosting a free thanksgiving concert on December 22, featuring many local artists

Uber filed paperwork for IPO, says report

Dec 08, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The move, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes a day after Lyft launched the process to take the company public with a stock offering

UBER. This file photo taken on March 10, 2017 shows Uber signage outside the entrance of the ride-hailing giant's office in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

LTFRB accredits ride-hailing firms SnappyCab, Ryd Global

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:20 PM

There are now 8 companies accredited this year, and 9 overall in the Philippine ride-hailing industry

Always running into Grab-related commuting problems?

Oct 29, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Here’s how you can ensure a smoother ride the next time you book

Grab to ask PCC to reconsider P12-M fine

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:17 PM

The PCC is penalizing Grab for supposedly failing to keep its pre-Uber acquisition prices and quality of service, among other alleged violations of interim rules

Rappler file photo

Antitrust watchdog fines Grab P16 million over Uber deal

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Competition Commission slaps Grab with a fine of P12 million and Uber with P4 million for causing 'undue difficulties' to the review of their deal

Top UK audit firm to monitor Grab pricing, service quality

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Competition Commission chief Arsenio Balisacan says Smith & Williamson 'will serve as our eyes and ears on the ground'

COMPLIANCE. The Philippine Competition Commission selects Smith & Williamson to monitor Grab's compliance to pricing and service quality commitments.

Will Indonesia ride-hailing giant Go-Jek enter PH?

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The multibillion-dollar firm plans to introduce ride-hailing services for sedans, SUVs, AUVs, and taxis in 3 Philippine cities as part of its $500-million overseas expansion drive

Months after Uber left, where are the new ride-hailing firms?

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Almost 6 months have passed but the new firms have yet to make a dent in the ride-hailing market

Singapore watchdog fines Grab, Uber $9.5M over merger

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore says the merger significantly reduced market competition and led to higher fares

P2/min travel charge back but Grab lowers surge pricing cap

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The new surge pricing cap is effective Friday, September 21

SURGE. Grab lowers its surge pricing cap. Rappler file photo

DOTr, LTFRB: Angkas 'colorum, unsafe, just after profit'

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Government regulators slam a court order allowing the motorcycle ride-hailing company to resume operations while its case is pending

Thousands of motorcycle riders from various organizations of motorcyclist under Riders of the Philippines (ROTP), Motorcle Rights Organization (MRO) along with motorcyclist from various organizations, navigate along Edsa, Quezon City on Sunday during a Nationwide Unity Ride for Equality. The groups converged on EDSA People Power Monument to Mendiola in Manila to air their grievances after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered last year the closure of motorcycle ride-sharing provider Angkas. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

You can book Angkas rides again, for now

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The motorcycle ride-hailing firm gets a preliminary injunction from the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court

OPERATIONAL. Angkas is back on the road again. Angkas File photo

LTFRB allows all ride-hailing firms to charge P2/min of travel

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Grab Philippines, among other ride-hailing companies, can once again charge P2 per minute of travel, 15 days after the publication of Memorandum Circular 2018-019 on September 5

TRAFFIC. Heavy volume of traffic is seen along Commonwealth Avenue. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler