Grab ready for possible motorcycle ride-hailing in Malaysia

A GrabBike driver picks up a passenger. Singapore ride-hailing giant Grab last year generated a total of Rp 43 trillion (US$3.07 billion) in consumer surplus for its passengers in Greater Jakarta .

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 2019 : E-hailing company, Grab Malaysia is prepared to implement its regional safety product enhancement and innovation for motorcycles should the country choose to embrace the motorcycle ride-hailing services as a core mode of transport.

Head of Grab Malaysia Sean Goh, in a statement today, said the company also strongly recommended that the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) regulations mandate the development of a separate set of stringent, motorcycle-specific safety features to protect the public.

“Grab notes the Cabinet’s in-principle support for the on-demand economy via motorcycles in Malaysia, as well as the safety concerns of the same.

“While the government considers the legalisation of motorcycle ride-hailing in Malaysia, we believe it is important to address the single most critical aspect of this service – the safety of motorcyclists, passengers and the broader community by taking into account local road infrastructure, traffic conditions and safety records,” he said.

Goh said currently Grab was the number one motorcycle ride-hailing services in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

To date, he said Grab has created income opportunities for over 10,000 motorcycle partners through its GrabFood and GrabExpress services across Klang Valley, Kuching, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Melaka and Johor Bahru.

“We will continue to create more income opportunities for all Malaysians, including youths, persons with disabilities and others looking for flexible opportunities,” he added.

On Wednesday, Cabinet approved the proposal to establish the motorcycle ride-hailing like GoJek services, but a study of the legal aspects of the move be made first before it could be implemented. – Bernama



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