Grab 'seriously considering' GrabBike relaunch

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2020 10:45 AM | Updated as of Jan 07 2020 01:49 PM

A Grabfood rider prepares to deliver an order. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Grab said it was "seriously considering" the relaunch of its motorcycle taxi service in the Philippines, as regulators test rules for 2-wheeled public transport services.

Should GrabBike be revived, it would go against market leader Angkas and new players JoyRide and MoveIt. GrabBike operations ceased in 2016 in compliance with government regulations.

Grab said it was ready to present its GrabBike proposal to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board anytime.

"Grab would like to reiterate its interest in participating in the motorcycle taxi space to help provide affordable and agile transport solutions to hundreds of thousands of Filipino commuters," the ride-hailing firm said. 

GrabBike is unlikely to compete with Angkas until "regulations are clear," Grab Philippines president Brian Cu earlier told ABS-CBN News.

A technical working group under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is currently supervising the pilot-run of motorcycle taxis for ride-hailing with Angkas, JoyRide and MoveIt as participants.

Grab asked a technical working group in charge of the pilot run for motor taxis that it be allowed to participate, according to a copy of its letter of intent.

The Senate Committee on Public Services set a hearing on motorcycle taxi regulation on Jan. 14, Senator Grace Poe, who chairs the committee said Tuesday.