The ongoing motorcycle-taxi pilot run currently allows only three service providers to operate: Angkas, JoyRide, and MoveIt. Grab Philippines—which is not new to this type of service—clearly wants to be the fourth. If things work out well, that is.
The company has already expressed its intention to revive GrabBike, and its social-media activity is evidence to that. Now, according to an Inquirer.net report, Grab not only intends to bring its motorcycle ride-hailing service back whenever possible, it is also preparing to fill up the 15,000 rider slots in Metro Manila allotted by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to each motorcycle-taxi company.
“We’re getting ready on our end in case it opens up. We’re setting up our training facilities, the design of the jackets and materials that are needed, training the trainers, but we haven’t trained the drivers yet,” said Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu.
Cu added that Grab will be able to maximize the rider cap by allowing its 20,000 GrabFood partners to also use GrabBike. He said that the fleet of riders may opt to switch to GrabBike during the off-peak hours for food-delivery services.
Like we said, Grab Philippines clearly wants in (or back in, rather) on the motorcycle-taxi wars. In fact, it has even ‘accidentally’ activated the service on its mobile app—that’s ample proof that it’s cooking something up. As of this writing, the Motorcycles-for-Hire Act has been approved by some Senate committees, but still needs to be passed into law, so GrabBike may have to wait until March before it can operate.
What do you think, commuters? Do you want more motorcycle taxis around the metro?