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Is GrabBike Making a Comeback? Grab Says It's 'Serious' About Reentering The Motorcycle Taxi Business

There’s a new 'old' player on the block.
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With all the controversy and buzz circling the motorcycle taxi industry, especially around Angkas and  newly launched platforms JoyRide and MoveIt, Grab is looking to reenter the motorcycle taxi space. On Tuesday, the regional rideshare leader said it is planning to relaunch GrabBike, which last operated in mid-2016 before it was discontinued due to government regulations.

In a statement, Grab Philippines affirmed its interest in taking a slice of the motorcycle taxi industry pie, with plans to seek the government’s go-signal to revive GrabBike during the pilot testing period for motorcycles.

“As the government is seriously looking into a possible regulation for motorcycle taxis, Grab is seriously considering to re-invest in the motorcycle taxi denomination and relaunch its GrabBike service in the Philippines, with the blessing of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Department of Transportation,” the statement read.

GrabBike currently operates in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Vietnam, where it has proven to be an efficient and affordable mode of transportation.

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In its letter of intent submitted to Antonio Gatdula of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) techinical working group, Grab said Grab Bike is "Southeast Asia's largest and safest bike-ride hailing provider, providng locals and visitors with a faster and more reliable way of getting around in traffic-congested cities. In 2019, it garnered 2.55 million bike rides with 1.49 million bike driver partners all over Southeast Asia."

Grab also cliamed that its GrabBike service "boasts a 99% safety record which is one of the highest in Southeast Asia."

The Department of Transportation’s motorcycle taxi study currently permits Angkas, JoyRide, and MoveIt to operate. There is no word yet whether it will allow GrabBike to participate.

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