Buoyed by new circular, GrabCar to pour P150M to beef up security

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Grab Philippines acting GM Natasha Bautista Grab Philippines acting GM Natasha Bautista[/caption] Malaysia-headquartered Grab, in a statement posted on its site, welcomed the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)?s newly issued ridesharing regulation. ?This regulation effectively legalizes GrabCar, its complementary service that enables users to book accredited private cars through the GrabTaxi app. GrabCar is now moving towards full DOTC accreditation as a Transportation Network Companies (TNC), a platform to connect passengers to drivers with private cars,? it said. Saying safety is a paramount to the company, GrabCar said users of the app will be provided with the same safety standards that are synonymous with GrabTaxi, with the focus on three pillars of safety, certainty, and speed. ?This is an opportunity for Grab to be once more the leader in the transport-booking industry. We?ve always been in the forefront of innovation while working closely with regulators,? said GrabTaxi Group CEO Anthony Tan. ?Since GrabTaxi started in the Philippines in 2013, we have revolutionized the transportation landscape for both drivers and passengers. We are focused on doing the same thing with GrabCar, and we are celebrating the PH government?s support for us.? The ride-sharing firm said it has hired Yiling Kok as its regional head of safety. Kok spent 11 years in the Singapore Navy where she was involved in managing operational risk and safety procedures on ships. ?As the Regional Safety Lead in charge of operational controls, I aim to maintain our excellent safety record and have been given the mandate to leverage on our multi-million dollar R&D facility to build and innovate the best safety features for our riders,? said Kok in a statement. Since its Philippine launch in 2013, the company said it has worked with concerned government agencies such as the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to advance transport regulations. ?GrabTaxi has been working with the LTFRB since day one of its operations and has been collaborative with us on the drafts on the policy on the Transportation Network Companies (TNCs),? said Roberto Cabrera, LTFRB?s executive director. ?We are extremely strict in our driver vetting process. We ensure that all private drivers have been cleared by the NBI, have undergone a rigorous driver training, and have secured a professional driver?s license. We also ensure that we meet all our drivers and peers in person to conduct training and evaluation,? said Kok. Since its founding in Malaysia in 2012, over 83,000 taxi drivers have been using the GrabTaxi app to receive bookings in Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. There has been over 4.4 million downloads of the app around the region. For the Philippines, GrabTaxi is currently available in Manila, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo. ]]>

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