Looking for a ride beyond the humble taxi yet without the cost of a stretch limousine? Launched last week, GrabCar might be just what you need.
If the logo looks familiar, it’s because GrabCar is part of the MyTeksi app. GrabCar is MyTeksi’s answer to an upgraded taxi ride. Branded as a “limousine service”, the current range of cars under GrabCar are a fleet of Nissan Teanas. Bookings for the service can be made through the MyTeksi app by selecting “GrabCar” as the car type.
With the launch of Uber in KL a few months ago, GrabCar looks set to be a direct competitor. GrabCar was launched under the premise of providing a wider range of transport on the road during peak hours, since there is a cap on the number of taxi licenses that can be issued. It aims to cater to the needs of businesses who might require a chauffeured driven ride for clients and guests.
If comparing the two based on price, Uber currently looks like the more affordable service. They recently slashed their prices in a bid to be competitive: while Uber launched with a base fare of RM7, they are now down to a base fare of RM3, with passengers paying a further RM0.35 per minute plus RM1.15 per kilometer. The minimum fare is RM5.
GrabCar starts with a minimum fare of RM8, with the base fare and price per kilometer varying depending on whether the hours are off-peak or peak. Off-peak hours have a base fare of RM4.20 with RM1.60 per kilometer, and peak hours start at RM6 with RM2.30 per kilometer.
It is rather early to tell which service will ultimately be the preferred one for customers. But it’s a smart move by MyTeksi, who already have tens of thousands of taxis in their system and a few years of experience in this market. For passengers looking for a hassle-free ride, the competition will hopefully force both companies to up their game.
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